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VOL.51 JANUARY. 2004 No. 1 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


The year is gone, beyond recall, 
With all its hope and fears, 
With all its bright and gladdening smiles, 
With all its mourners 1 tears. 

Thy thankful people praise Thee, Lord, 
For countless gifts received; 
And pray for grace to keep the faith 
Which saints of old believed. 

To Thee we come, O gracious Lord, 
The newborn year to bless; 
Defend our land from pestilence; 
Give peace and plenteousness. 

From evil deeds that stain the past 
We now desire to flee; 
And pray that future years may all 
Be spent, dear Lord, for Thee. Amen 

Ancient Anonymous Latin Hymn 
Translated by Francis Pott, 1832-1909 
From The Christian Hymnary 

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Eli was old. Samuel was scarcely more that a child. Eli's 
sons were unbelievably wicked priests. The Philistines camped 
at Aphek prepared for battle. Two miles away in Ebenezer 
were the armies of Israel. The battle was joined and 4,000 
Israelites fell in the first encounter. The elders of Israel were 
dumbfounded. "Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us to day 
before the Philistines?" Clearly something needed to be done. 
They decided to fetch the ark of the covenant representing the 
presence of God "that it may save us out of the hand of our 

It sounded like a good plan. They brought the ark of the 
covenant down to the plain of battle, and Eli's sons came along. 
When the ark appeared in the camp, the Hebrews gave a great 
shout. Surely now they would win. The Lord was among 
them— or so they thought. 

The Philistines were afraid when they heard the shout. 
"God is come into the camp. Woe unto us!" They remembered 
hearing of the plagues in Egypt and of "these mighty Gods." 
Their reaction was desparate. "Be strong, and quit yourselves 
like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the 
Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, 
and fight" 

It worked! This time Israel lost 30,000 footmen and the 
rest fled to their tents. The ark was taken by the Philistines. 
Hophni and Phinehas were slain. Hearing the news, Eh fell 
from his seat, broke his neck, and died. Phinehas's wife went 
into labor and before she died, she named her newborn son 
Ichabod meaning "There is no glory." She said, "The glory is 
departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken. " 


Why do we recount such a discouraging time of defeat for 
the people of God? We should be starting a new year with 
hope— with praise and thanksgiving—for we know God is 
faithful. He has never deserted His people while they walk with 
Him and trust Him. 

But in this account, like so many of the episodes of history, 
there is a lesson for us. We claim the promises of God to be 
with us, to never leave nor forsake us. Is this not conditional? 
Is there no obligation on our part? God told Eh (I Sam. 2:30), 
"... for them that honour me I will honour, and they that 
despise me shall be lightly esteemed." When we honour God- 
in the congregation and in our personal lives— we can be sure of 
His presence. 

God has been with our ancestors: we have a priceless 
heritage. But so did Israel. Because of the priests' wickedness 
and Eli's failure to reprove and remove them, God deserted 
them to their enemies, even though the ark was present. 

As we begin 2004, we need God's presence desperately. 
Moses prayed, "If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up 
hence." It is dangerous to go anyplace without God. The 
coming year seems ordinary and safe in some ways, but it will 
be perilous and full of pitfalls if we try to walk alone. 

Enoch is an example of walking with God. He pleased God 
and God took him-translated him into glory. Charles Spurgeon 
described Enoch's walk this way: "Enoch's faith then was a 
realizing faith. He did not believe things as a matter of creed, 
and put them up on a shelf out of the way as too many do: he 
was not merely orthodox in head, but the truth had entered into 
his heart, and what he believed was true to him, practically true, 
true as a matter of fact in his daily life. He walked with God: it 
was not that he thought of God merely, that he speculated 
about God, that he argued about God, that he read about God, 
that he talked about God, but he walked with God, which is the 
practical and experimental part of true godliness. . ." 


As we enter a new year, we dare not walk alone. Men value 
companionship. But more than that, we need the presence of 
One who can help us. A beautifial hymn begins: 

I would not have my way, dear Lord, but Thine; 
I would not walk alone for I might fall. 
In 2004 let us be sure that our hearts are in tune— in step— 
with our Saviour. He is a faithful companion who will help us 
through the difficult times that will surely come. — L.C. 


A few years ago our children and grandchildren came to 
make a new rock garden for us. The father let his little son run 
the skid loader. I thought he was a little young to be 
responsible with moving large rocks. He was told by his daddy 
to go slowly and carefully as Grandma didn't want her yard torn 
up. I soon saw that I didn't need to worry as he was doing just 
as his daddy told him. The real test came when he had to pick 
up a large rock and place it just right in the new garden. He 
was able to pick it up and place it just right because he never 
took his eyes off his daddy. 

He was told to take one slow move at a time. He also knew 
he must do only as he was told because his daddy's foot was 
under the bucket. What impressed me was watching him make 
each little move and never once taking his eyes off his daddy. 

I have thought of that scene often and wondered: Do I 
always keep my eyes on my Heavenly Father and only make the 
moves He asks? I think of my church family and pray that we 
are concerned that we each keep our eyes on our Father and 
make only the moves He asks so we don't hurt our brother who 
may have his foot in the way of a heavy load. 

Written in love for each one of our brothers and sisters. 
Nancy Oyler, 
Goshen, Indiana 



"I give thee charge in the sight of God. . . That thou keep 
this commandment without spot . ." (I Tim. 6:13,14) 

How deeply are we charged to have respect, to mold our 
days into obedience? We feel this depends upon our reverence 
to the Lord. 

How do we view God, His will, His way, and His 
judgment? This is the secret that keeps us motivated and keeps 
us pressing on. We say, "Who can hear our inner voice, our 
conscience?" when we should say, "All can see it!" How do we 
view obedience? Do we say we have to, we need to, or we 
must, or we really want to? Here is the key to successful living. 
Then we can say we love the Lord with all our heart, and with 
all our soul, and with all our mind, and with all our strength. 

Regarding obedience, we cannot think of anything that 
makes purer and sweeter fruit. Charged by obedience for 2004! 
What a clean cup this is! Is there anything more noble or 
molding than this? Whom we shall serve shall direct our 
attitude on how well we shall serve. Respect, our dictionary 
says, is "to honor, to esteem, show regard." 

Reverence is another word that makes us think. Psalm 
89:7: "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints 
and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him " 

For some day it will be true for all of us: "At that day shall 
a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the 
Holy One of Israel." It's up to each of us to guide and to guard 
our lives now. Being charged keeps us going and serving in the 
Kingdom of Christ. 

Humbly submitted, 

Vicki L. Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 



"How can we determine the hour of dawn, when the night 
ends and the day begins?" 

"When from a distance you can distinguish between a dog 
and a sheep? " suggested one of the students. 

"No," was the answer of the rabbi. 

"Is it when one can distinguish between a fig tree and a 
grapevine ? n asked a second student. 


"Please tell us the answer then, " said the students. 

"It is then," said the wise teacher, "when you can look into 
the face of a human being and you have enough light to 
recognize in him your brother. Up until then it is night and 
darkness is still with us." 

Hasidic tale, Printed from the Plough, @ Plough Publishing 
House, Farmington, PA. Selected by Kenneth Martin 

Reaching Out 
The newly formed Brethren Church expanded as they began 
to reach out to the people around them. During the early 
1700's, there were many seeking to find a better way to serve 
the Lord. In spite of resistance, they had left the state churches 
and were seeking fellowship and stability in spiritual truths. 


Throughout Germany, Pietists and other Christian dissenters 
met to worship God and encourage one another. Rejoicing in 
the grace of God and the freedom from the tyranny of the state 
church, they needed order and organization to become 
established in the faith. To these Christian "refugees" the 
Brethren tried to minister. They had come through some of the 
same struggles, and had found refuge in Christ as they banded 
together in unity of the Spirit. Jesus had said, "Freely ye have 
received, freely give." He also said, " Think not that I am come 
to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." 
(Matt. 10:8,34) The Brethren understood this and prepared to 
meet whatever the Lord would send, knowing that He was with 

To Marienborn 

"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every 
man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in 
Christ Jesus." — Colossians 2:28 

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every 
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but 
he that believeth not shall be damned." -Mark 16: 15,16 

The first Brethren believed they were charged with Jesus' 
great commission just as the first Christians were. Following 
the baptism uniting them into a fellowship of believers in Christ, 
they were impressed with the words of God to Adam and later 
to Noah and his sons: "Be fruitful, and multiply. . ." According 
to Alexander Mack, Jr., "They were all immediately clothed 
inwardly with great joyfulness." They began at once to share 
their newly-found concepts of brotherhood, baptism, and 
obedience to Christ, especially to their fellow Pietists whom 
they respected and loved. 

Alexander Mack, Jr. records years later: 

". . .In the space of seven years, namely by the year 1715, 
there was not only a large church fellowship at Schwartzenau, 
but there were also lovers of the truth to be found here 


and there in the Palatinate. Especially at Marienborn a 
church fellowship gathered, because when they tried to gather 
in the Palatinate, they were persecuted, and moved to 
Marienborn. " (From European Origins by Donald Durnbaugh, 
page 151) 

Ruling over Ysenburg and Budingen in the Marienborn area 
was Count Ernest Casinrir (1687-1749). His land had been 
ravaged by repeated wars. Vineyards were left uncared for; 
land needed to be replanted; and in the cities, houses and streets 
were vacant. The count issued an edict of toleration inviting all 
to come to live in the area and help build up his ruined land. He 
was especially interested in craftsmen and manufacturing, as 
raw goods, such as wool, were being transported to other areas 
for processing. Best of all, Count Casimir promised religious 
liberty, besides privileges equal to those of permanent residents 
and citizens. 

Perhaps realizing that there were many religious refugees 
and seekers moving there, the Brethren began visiting the 
Marienborn area about eighty miles south and east of 
Schwartzenau. Alexander Mack made several preaching trips 
and baptized in the Seeme Brook near Dudelsheim. (We were 
privileged to stand by this brook on our visit to Europe in 
1995.) In spite of the edict promising religious toleration, this 
activity was considered disruptive and brought the wrath of the 
church and state officials. 

The first one baptized in Marienborn was the daughter of a 
widow named Eva Elizabeth Hoffman. When the news of this 
reached the ears of the officials, Alexander Mack was ordered 
not to return, and the widow and her daughter were summoned 
and told to leave the territory. In the only preserved letter of 
Alexander Mack's (which we saw in Budingen Castle), he 
pleads with Count Charles August to allow her to remain. 
Following are parts of this letter translated from the German: 


"Gracious Lord and Count: 

"An order has been published by the chancery of the 
lord count, first that Eva Liz (Eva Elizabeth Hoffman), a poor 
widow, must leave the territory together with her daughter, and 
that I too must leave the territory of the gracious lord, anyone 
sheltering me overnight to be fined five florins. I find myself 
impelled, therefore, to write these few lines to the lord count, to 
ask him to reconsider seriously before God, the judge of the 
living and the dead, whether proceeding is according to the 
will of God, who established the authorities to punish the 
wicked and protect the good. 

"In the first place, Eva Liz was indeed at the chancery and 
was examined; however, she was not found guilty of any 
misdeed for which the authorities and justice had the right to 
persecute her. In the second place } I was not even examined, 
let alone asked what my faith was, much less found guilty of 
any misdeed. Such a procedure is counter to the Jewish law, 
(John 7:51) where Nicodemus says: 'Does our law judge a 
man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he 
does?' Yes, it is also counter to the Gentile justice, Acts 25:16, 
where Festus says, ". . It was not the custom of the Romans to 
give up any before the accused met the accuser face to face, 
and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge 
laid against him. . . 

"I do not wish to annoy through writing too much, but 
rather close herewith, and leave it to the judgement of the lord 
count. As far as I am concerned, however, I do not complain 
at all about having to leave the territory, because I had 
planned to leave anyway. But because of Eva Liz, who is a 
poor widow, I humbly ask again that a little more 
consideration be given her. Should I, nevertheless, enter the 
territory again, I offer to defend my faith, if it is desired. If I 
can be shown by the learned theologians to be in error in some 
points, I will be happy to be instructed. If it is not possible, I 


ask again for understanding, for there has otherwise been 
much disorder in this country already. . . " (From European 
Origins by Donald Durnbaugh, page 161, 163, 167) The letter 
is signed simply: "Alexander Mack, a member of Christ." 

Mack's plea for the widow Hoffman had little effect; 
however, she was not banished immediately. The officials were 
not as severe as those of two centuries earlier when they 
punished Anabaptists with prison, torture, and death. 

After a number of converts in the second and third baptisms 
in October, 1711, and November of 1712, Alexander Mack was 
ordered to leave and promise not to return, (to be continued) 

Thought questions: 

1. Why do you think the officials promised religious liberty 
and then blamed the Brethren for their church activity? 

2. Why, in your opinion, were the officials of the early 
1700's not as severe as those of two centuries before with the 
Anabaptists? — L.C. 

"And now, my soul another year of thy short life is past. 

I can not long continue here, and this may be my last." 

Simon Browne, 1680-1732 

Also past is fifty years of publishing The Pilgrim! The 
Underwood typewriter, flimsy blue stencils, and temperamental 
mimeographer have moved out for the computer and copier. 
God has faithfully given inspiration, strength, supportive 
prayers, finances, and your encouragement. 

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Thanks again to Bill Miller for the labels, Sarah Martin for 
our index, and each faithful contributor. Happy New Year! 

Leslie and Martha Cover 



Catherine Hitch, often greeted "Grandma Hitch" was named 
Sarah Catherine by her parents, Elder Reuben and Stella Flora. 
Born June 21, 1913, in Flora, Indiana, she was the fourth of 
eight children. 1913 was the year the Old Brethren formed in 
Indiana, her parents being charter members. 

Catherine loved to help outside on their farm whenever she 
was needed. Of course, cows had to be milked— by hand- 
morning and evening even if you were a school girl. And 
everyone drove a horse and buggy. 

In 1932, she visited California with her parents and younger 
sister, Rozetta, to attend the Annual Meeting staying with their 
oldest sister, Sylvia, Mrs. Daniel Wol£ who lived here. On this 
trip she met William David Hitch who would become her 
husband on December 3, 1933. A beautiftd bride. They 
motored west across the country from Indiana to their first 
home in Modesto. William farmed with his parents, Deacon 
Earl and Mary, who were also charter members in California. 
William and Catherine made their church home with the Old 
Brethren in Salida. 

With their four children, Carol, Earl, Nancy, and Rachel 
they moved to Long Barn in 1946 for the quality of air for 
William's asthma. And William's sister, Esther and Rudy 
Cover's family coming that year began the Brethren migration 
to Tuolumne County. Gardening was a challenge in the tall 
pines, but Catherine always had an array of indoor and outdoor 

They spent six enjoyable summers serving the U.S. Forest 
Service campgrounds at June Lake on the Eastern slope of the 
High Sierras. They drove south to the desert for a dozen 
winters to escape the deep snow at their 5000* home. For 


nineteen years Catherine was a substitute at the Long Barn Post 
Office—a much loved local lady. 

Catherine has been an anchor at our sewing circles; as long 
as we met in homes, it was special to go up to hers. Having 
raised her family during The Depression, she is expert at piecing 
comforts from odd pieces or completing abandoned projects. 
Her domestic skills touch others in knitted gifts and articles for 

She seems to always be available to baby-sit, first her 
grandchildren and now, her many "greats." William passed 
away in 1997 and Catherine was the last of our members to 
move "down out of the snow." On Sundays you can see her 
erect figure as she greets each one with a welcome smile. 

—Martha J. Cover 



The faithfiilness of God 

Is every morning new; 

His hand is stretched throughout the day 

To guide the whole way through. 

It seems at times in life, 
Our way seems all uphill; 
But let us look to God and see 
What is His perfect will. 

We need the help of others too, 
In our daily walk of life, 
And let us not forget His Word 
To help us in the strife. 


Help us others. Lord, to serve; 
Help us ourselves forget; 
Let us remember that the Lord 
Did serve to those He met. 

So may we run with faith 
The road that is ahead, 
So when the trials come our way, 
We f ll trust what God has said. 
—Marcus Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 

What Is Our Responsibility? 

I think we, as young people, need to be very aware of our 
responsibility and role in the lives of others. We must 
remember that the choices we make now will affect our entire 
lives, even into eternity. We are commanded to "be an example 
of the believers in word, in conversation (conduct), in charity, in 
spirit, in faith, in purity." (I Tim 4: 12) The world looks at us to 
see if we have the "real thing" or not. What are we saying to 
those around us by how we live our lives? In the next ten or 
twenty years some of those that are in young folks now will be 
in the position of shepherding (I Peter 5:2,3) a part of God's 
people. What are we doing right now to prepare for that, if and 
when that time comes? 

Do we have a vision? (Acts 2:17) "Where there no vision 
the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18) We hear that the young 
people are "the future church." Do we understand fully what 
that means? We must be sure to always respect and honor our 
parents and those older than we are, but someday they will no 
longer be here to guide us. We need to "search the scriptures" 
(Acts 17:11), and be truly convicted in what we believe. 
Because our parents say so, or because this is 


what our church teaches, isn't going to stand if we are 
questioned for our faith. God's Word is the only thing that is 
rock solid! (I Cor. 10:4) We need to "be ready always to give 
an answer to every man that asketh. . ." (I Peter 3:15) We need 
to back everything we do, every question we answer, every 
problem we solve with the Word of God. It never changes even 
though the world changes around us. (II Tim. 2: 19) 

A few years ago the question "What would Jesus do?" 
seemed to be the "in" thing in Christian society. It may have 
been a little over-publicized, but I think there is a life-changing 
truth there if we really apply it to our lives. We do need to 
think about what Jesus would do, even in the little everyday 
things. What would Jesus think about this: not getting along 
with your brothers and sisters; having the most modern stereo 
system; looking down on others because they're not quite like 
everyone else; getting a new car when the old one still runs fine; 
or criticizing others. What would Jesus do? Where would His 
focus be? When He was twelve years old, He sat in the temple 
for three days listening to the teachers and asking questions. 
Do we have that desire, that yearning for the things of God? 
Jesus was "tempted like as we are." (Heb. 4:15) He could have 
been out playing with His friends, exploring the city. But no, 
He was going about His Father's business. Shouldn't we be 
doing the same? 

I think that sometimes the things of this world become too 
important to us. We need to remember that "here we have no 
continuing city, but we seek one to come." (Heb. 13:14) The 
Bible says to "Love not the world, neither the things that are in 
the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is 
not in him." (I John 2: 15) That's pretty strong! It seems like an 
impossible thing, but Jesus commanded us to "be. . . perfect, 
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:28) 
It is possible though, if we have Jesus living in us and through 



"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young 
men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall 
renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not 
faint. 1 ' (Isaiah 40:30,31) This promise is all ours as long as we 
trust the Lord and let Him direct our paths. (Pro. 3:5,6) 
—Regina Bayer, Dayton, Ohio 

The True Test of a Book 
Young readers, you whose hearts are open, whose 
understandings are not yet hardened, and whose feelings are 
neither exhausted nor incrusted by the world; take from me a 
better rule than any professor of criticism will teach you. 
Would you know whether the tendency of a book is good or 
evil, examine in what state of mind you lay down the book. 
—Robert Southey, Selected by Joy Royer 

STALTER - A son, Alister Daniel, born December 17 to Simon 
and Abigail Stalter of Goshen, Indiana. 



When I was a little girl, I did not like it when we had candy 
or cookies, and I was allowed to have only one or two. I 
wanted to eat as many as I liked, and one day I stole a pack of 
candy from the kitchen so that I could do just that. 

Now you know it is wrong to steal. I was also being greedy 
and selfish— even mean, because by taking that candy, I kept 
everyone else from having some, and they had been looking 
forward to it, also. 

Did I enjoy that candy? No. It didn't even taste very good 
because I felt so very guilty. And then I didn f t feel very well 
because I had eaten too much sugar. 

No one found out that I had taken that candy, but I knew 
that God knew, and I could never be right with Him or go to 
Heaven until I confessed having taken it. 

I am sorry to say that I did not make it right for a long time. 
I think I was hoping time would "erase" it. Instead I stole 
several more times— even from a store. That was even harder 
to make right! 

I believe maybe if I had apologized right away for stealing 
that candy, God would have helped me keep from stealing 
again. As long as I was doing it my way, without help, I 
couldn't stop! 

If you have done something wrong, apologize right away to 
those you have wronged. I know it is hard. Ask God to help 
you do it. And don't forget to apologize to God, also! Believe 
me, it will be worth it. You will feel much better. It is far 
worse to feel guilty. 

Martha J. Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 





VOL. 51 FEBRUARY, 2004 No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


I look not back—God knows the fruitless efforts, 
The wasted hours, the sinning and regrets; 
I leave them all with Him who blots the record, 
And graciously forgives, and then forgets. 

I look not forward— God sees all the future, 
The road that, short or long, will lead me home; 
And He will face with me its every trial, 
And bear for me the burden that may come. 

I look not around me— then would fears assail me, 
So wild that tumult of life's restless sea; 
So dark the world, so filled with war and evil, 
So vain the hope of comfort and of ease. 

I look not inward-that would make me wretched, 
For I have naught on which to stay my trust. 
Nothing I see but failures and shortcomings, 
And weak endeavors crumbling into dust. 

But I look up-up into the face of Jesus, 
For there my heart can rest, my fears be stilled; 
And there is joy and love and light for darkness, 
And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled. 
Author unknown 

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Digging a long, eight een-inch- deep trench for a phone line, I 
have had some negative thoughts about roots. Some are too 
tough to cut with a shovel. Others go straight down making 
chopping with an axe difficult. All of them interfere with my 
digging which otherwise is easy in the damp soil. 

But a tree needs roots. Some say the root is the most 
important part of the tree. That is like saying the digestive 
system is the most important part of the body. Though the 
roots do not process food for the tree, they do take in vital 
minerals and water. The root is not the fruit-bearing part. It is 
not visible or beautiful, but it is indispensable. It holds the tree 
upright. The roots' tenacity to the digger is what makes it 
valuable to the plant. 

The roots make a tree hard to kiU. Near our house we have 
the solid stump of a large live oak. I cut it down years ago to 
make room for fruit trees. Is that oak dying? Not by a long 
way. Each year the stump is covered with healthy shoots that 
may grow four feet long. I cut them ofl^ but that stump 
obviously has healthy roots, for every spring more sprouts grow 
with the same vitality. 

What about our roots? In Jesus 1 parable of the sower, 
where the seed fell in stony places, the plant withered "because 
it had no root." Good roots hold up a plant or tree and make it 
hard to kill, and so do roots for us. 

Isaiah 11:10: "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, 
which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the 
Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious." Paul repeats this 
promise in Romans 15:12. The "root of Jesse" refers to King 
David, and David refers to Jesus the King of Kings. In 


Revelation 5:5 this Root of David appears as both the Lion of 
the tribe of Judah and the slain Lamb that prevails to open the 
book (the book of human history?). In Revelation 22: 16, Jesus 
says, "I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and 
morning star." Jesus also says (John 15:5), "I am the vine, ye 
are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him ; the same 
bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 11 
We have good roots. 

To try to grub out roots only shows how well founded roots 
can be. In the case of our Christian growth, the root is a 
person, Jesus Christ. Because He is our root, we are held 
upright and we are hard to kill. 

Romans 11 reminds us we are not to boast, because we 
don't bear the root but the root bears us. We are privileged to 
be partakers "of the root and fatness of the olive tree." 

Roots mean firm foundations™ solid, permanent bases. Sad 
to say, the Bible also has a warning against a "root of 
bitterness." It is called a root because it is deep and tenacious; 
it holds fast and will not let go easily. But our Root is stronger 
and can deliver us from any foreign root or influence. 

To make a "bonsai" plant, you actually cut roots to limit 
growth. The plant is stunted. It becomes a dwarf with short, 
knobby limbs. Perhaps there is beauty in a bonsai, but to me a 
full-growing, fruit-bearing plant, fulfilling its purpose is more 
beautifid. To see young people growing physically, but 
primarily spiritually, what a sight for old eyes! Their roots are 
healthy, and they fulfill the purpose God had in creating and 
redeeming them. 

Our ancestors and their teaching are in a sense our roots, 
and we have been blessed with good ones. May we as the 
plants of our time bear fruit that will be sweet and pleasing to 
our Saviour. "As ye therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, 
so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in 
the faith, as ye have been taught. . ." (Col. 2:7) -L.C. 



One Sunday after church I watched as the children made 
their way to the front of the church to get their Smarties from 
the Smartie man. I watched as two children came down the 
aisle. The little boy was holding his little sister's hand because 
she was still unsteady on her feet. As they came to the end of 
my bench they stopped because one of them had dropped a 
Smartie. The little three year old boy picked up the Smartie and 
opened his hand and counted his Smarties. He had all four of 
his, so he gave it to his sister and took her hand and went 
happily on their way. 

That scene has come to my mind many times since it 
happened. In the last few months it has impressed me more. I 
think of the little three year old and how he checked to see who 
had dropped the Smartie. Someone had taken time to teach him 
to love and care for his little sister. 

In these recent months my heart has been heavy. I think of 
all the parents that teach their children to love and care for their 
weaker sister. Can we in love take each other's hand, be 
concerned for our sisters (and brothers) and in love continue 
happily down the aisle together? We pray daily that we can. 

Written in love for each one of our brothers and sisters, 
Nancy Oyler 
Goshen, Indiana 

Gazing out the window. . . 

How like the snowflakes our lives seem! So delicate, yet 
whirled first one way, then another. Often tossed away from 
what seems right, or away from where we started, or away from 
our closest family and friends. 


How many times have we landed on a snow drift, only to be 
yanked up and thrust into another strange drift. 

Whirling, swirling, tumbling, falling, twisting, turning! How 
long can it go on? And yet, again we are thrown aside! Tired, 
we hunker down into what seems like a somewhat comfortable 
place to rest, but suddenly we are again lifted away and flung to 
yet another position, all the time colliding with other flailing 
flakes. How weary we all are! 

What is the meaning of all this? Will the delicate 
construction of which we are made fall apart? Will we soon 
disintegrate? Is there no real purpose for the beauty of each 
flake's individual makeup? Does it not matter that each flake is 
an intricate, awesome beauty all its own? 

Why? Why? What does it mean? Is this what God has 
meant to happen? 

Truly it is a picture of confusion, of hurt, of giving up, of 
crying. A picture of chaos. It seems like something the devil 
would manufacture-would delight in-would leap for joy for. 
(Joy? Ah, no! The devil has no joy!) 

But then look! The sun has come out! The wind has died. 
And the landscape-oh«it ! s breathtaking! The sculptured drifts 
stand like a fortress here and there-all in a protected place. 
The beauty-only God could have done it! Behold, God moves 
in a mysterious way! 

No, it does not matter so much that each flake has its own 
beautiftd makeup. And yes, there is an end to all the twisting 
and whirring, the hurting and crying. A beautiful end! 

Each flake, although possibly broken, carries a part in the 
design of that mighty drift with its sculpted edges, peaks, 
plateaus, and slopes. Not one flake alone but many, many 
flakes are responsible for the beauty we behold. And all, yes all 
were swirled, tossed, flung, and thrust. 

But why does a snowflake have to be thrust into a position 
and then picked up and hurled into various others before it stays 


put? Can it not be placed gently into place without all the 
whirling, swirling, twisting, turning? 

Surely it is the might of force—the pain of trial— that makes 
the flake strong enough to he a part of its final resting place. 

Look up, fellow brothers and sisters! God is still in control! 
He can take chaos and confusion, and build a beautiful, humble, 
shining, smiling church in the protection of His arms, away from 
winds of confusion. Is not our faith stronger than before? And 
still, we do not know the answers to our whys. 
What worthless worms are we! Surely: 
"My ways, my child, are not your ways; 
My thoughts are higher than thine. 
Let me lead you each step of the long, weary day; 
Let me clasp thy trembling hand in mine. 11 

—Barbara Nichols 
Andrew and Maria Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


It's not very often I get a call from Henry Martin. "Would 
you be interested in participating in our week long seminar in 
Haiti this August?" After prayerful consideration and the 
counsel of some of the brethren, Rebecca and I made the 
decision to go. 

August 15th arrived soon enough, and we headed for 
Detroit on the evening that the major power outage occurred 
from Detroit to New York. It was an easy "break-in" for Haiti 
in the way of inconvenience and exercise of patience. We 
ended up being there for two days filled with many unknowns, 
small confusing trips, many phone calls and much waiting. It 
was a great opportunity to learn to know our fellow travelers: 
Henry and Elaine Martin, Krystal Weaver, and Jewel Martin. 


On Saturday afternoon about 6:00 we flew to Miami and stayed 
there overnight, then on to Port-Au-Piince on Sunday morning. 
As we dropped down into the country of Haiti, the reality of 
plans made several months before began to unfold. 

It was a welcome sight to finally see some white faces 
(Daniel and Krystel Shaum) among a sea of black faces outside 
the airport and, with many helping hands (both black and 
white), we were soon on our way to Mennonite Gospel 
Mission, along with Brother Vernon Martin, his wife Rebecca, 
and their son Isaiah. 

The trip from Port-Au-Prince to MGM was very 
entertaining. It was about a three and one-half hour tour of 
Haiti from city to country. 

Seminar started on Monday morning with Creole singing 
and prayer. I was asked to speak first in the morning, the topic 
being "According to That a Man Hath," emphasizing "first a 
willing mind." (II Corinthians 8:12) Brother Vernon Martin 
followed with the topic "Homes That Make a Difference," with 
a related topic each day. Haitian Pastor Tomas was the third 
speaker, and he gave us such good thoughts on "Leadership 
Qualities." We were especially thankful for Antonio Milord's 
ability to interpret from Creole to English so we could 
understand Pastor Tomas's messages. Pastor Adrien Leriche, 
Ednord Cherie, and Stephen Leriche helped as interpreters also. 

An outside service was held on Sunday evening and each 
evening during the week of the seminar, shared by Brother 
Vernon and me. The services were well attended. Each service 
began and ended with Creole singing and prayer. We found the 
singing each time, both in these services and in the seminar, to 
be very inspiring. 

We were impressed and blessed by the devotion of the 
mission personnel. Daniel and Henry were busy repairing 
vehicles and doing all the many other things that are necessary 
to make the mission function. Elizabeth Shaum and Kathy Frey 


work in the medical clinic there. These two girls are very able 
to speak and understand the Creole language and were able to 
tell us what the various disturbances were about during the 
seminar sessions. They also had some topic suggestions for us. 
Krystel had a good American- style breakfast for us every 

Our mission to Haiti was comfortable and quite relaxing 
with people like Henry and Elaine to shepherd us along. We 
wish God f s blessings on the work in Haiti. Our time there was 
an experience that we consider valuable and will be remembered 

Thomas and Rebecca Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 


We take it for granted that a man in authority will speak in 
such tones that there will be no room for objection. He gives 
no choice; those under him either do his will or they are ejected 
from his service. 

There is no hint that a master should govern by invitation, 
or suggestion, or even through supplication. If the latter should 
ever prove to be true, we know that such a master has begun to 
lose his hold on his men. 

There is then a shock in the realization that God Almighty, 
whom most men, in this part of the world at least, admit to be 
the sovereign over all, calls men to serve Him when we should 
expect that He would command the same. 

What a strange authority that dares to say, "If any man will 
come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and 
follow me!" How can the Lord of all the worlds permit a man 
to do anything else but come after Him? 


It is precisely because He is the Lord of all the earth. Lesser 
beings must exert their authority, and indicate by strong words 
that they will brook no opposition. They must never give any 
indication that there is any possibility of any choice but ready 

But God fears no rivals. His supremacy can not be harmed 
by the refusal of some to walk in His way, nor can His work be 
thwarted by strikers who will not heed His most earnest 
entreaties. While men rave in wild rebellion, He grieves, not for 
His work which nevertheless moves on, but for those men who 
will not know the fulfillment of their own proper destiny. 

In spite of all the frantic opposition of the wayward heart, 
the Lord will not say, "You must obey." This would make of 
man a servile creature, and while it would show the strong hand 
of God's authority, it would not secure the deep affection of the 

And God in His high majesty will not condescend to force 
obedience when the higher obedience springs from love. So He 
says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear 
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup 
with him, and he with me." 

That sounds like a very strange authority only to those who 
have known no authority but that of external force. Yea, even 
more, it sounds like weakness; but it is not weakness and it is 
not strange. 

The authority which is able to rule by love, will bind the 
hearts of men forever, and when all other rules have perished, it 
still will stand supreme. 

L. L. Wark, pastor, Kitchener, Ontario 
Selected by Susie Sell 

Where a spirit of love, peace, and joy prevails in the church, 
problems become challenges, visions become realities, and 
victories are won. —Wayne Nix (selected) 



1. Children need to understand that God is good-that He loves 
them and is personally interested in them-that He is abundant in 
blessing them, whether or not they always feel this. Instill in 
children a deep desire to follow Him, 

2. Teach them that holiness is desirable. Seek perfection in 
every good attitude, attribute, and thought. 

3. People are more important than things. Jesus illustrates this 
point with the story of the good Samaritan. 

4. Earthly things are transitory- disposable. (Heb. 11:13-15) 
Teach them that we are seeking a better country. Instill desire 
and affection for the Heavenly Kingdom. 

5. Suffering is acceptable. We don't enjoy it, but we must learn 
to accept it. (I Pet. 4:12, James 1:2-4) Trials are normal. 
Teach them patient endurance. 

6. We are here to help one another. This is our purpose in this 
world. Train children to think and ask, !, What can I do to 

7. Sin brings sorrow. The pleasures of sin are temporary. Sin 
always robs us of good things. Behind the facade of ftn is 
bitter pain and sorrow. Sin brings death. 

8. I belong to God. I am not my own. He owns me! We are 
born to serve Hinx He paid a high price to own us. We need to 
find His will as a slave receives his master's instructions. We 
are bought by love and blood into a Father-son relationship. 
We are accountable. 

9. Only by the grace of God I am what I am! Without God we 
are nothing. 

10. Our loyalty to God is more important than our loyalty to 
any man. Obedience to Christ always comes first! His Word 


should be our Guide for life. Teach children to be true to God 
at any cost! 

Happy is the people whose God is the Lord! 

Good attitudes cannot be transmitted to those in our care 
unless we first have them ourselves! 

From a talk by Vernon Martin at our Indiana school meeting 


Marvin- and-Ruth is usually said as one word. On 
December 4, 1937, they pledged their love to each other and it 
is obvious even today. 

Named Marvin Boyd Crawmer, he was born August 10, 
1916, in Fairview, Missouri, in the Brethren home of Sam 
Crawmer, a minister there. His mother, Bertha (Provost) and 
father, Sam, both from Michigan moved to Quinter, Kansas, 
and in 1913, to Fairview, Missouri, leaving the still form of their 
first bom, an infant daughter, in the Kansas prairie. Norman 
and Kathryn (Mohler) were the oldest; Ezra follows Marvin. 
Marvin's childhood roots in Missouri were evident although he 
came to California as a young man with contacts among the Old 

Ruth's parents, Sam and Anna (Morgan) Bowman raised 
their family in the Modesto/Ripon area having moved from the 
Brethren community in South Haven, Michigan, to LaVerne, 
California, in 1910 and to Modesto in 1917. Irene was the 
oldest, followed by James and Herman. Ruth f s younger sister is 
Mary Ellen Royer. They also lost a wee brother. 

Ruth Mildred, born September 21, 1917, went to school in 
Ripon and later helped mothers in their homes until her 
marriage to Marvin. Ruth had dozens of cousins. 


Ruth was baptized June 26, 1934, in a group with Rudy and 
Esther Cover, Mart Schmidt, William and Catherine Hitch. It 
must have been an encouraging event for the Old Brethren in 

Marvin worked in farming in the valley, later carpentry, 
concrete, Modesto Irrigation District (MID), and painting. The 
Miwuk meetinghouse, built in the early 1960's, bears witness of 
his careful workmanship. 

After Marvin's baptism May 22, 1938, James Cover 
encouraged Marvin, "Now you are on the other side." With 
their three children, Mary Ruth, Erma, and William, they moved 
to Long Bam in 1946 as Rudy Cover's and William Hitch's also 
relocated. Wayne was bom in 1950. Ruth's health was 
enhanced by the clear mountain air at their mile high elevation. 

Marvin's call to the deacon's office in 1949 strengthened the 
word visit — they have faithfully visited the ill, bereaved, 
discouraged. Marvin was treasurer for the church and school 
for many years and directed housekeeping details of our 
biannual Lovefeasts. Marvin's hobby was fishing in our 
mountain lakes and streams. Or, gold panning. 

Their comfortable home in Long Bam portrayed Marve f s 
love of nature and the outdoors. By adding Ruth's good 
cooking, you understand it was special to be invited there. Our 
congregation has witnessed the beauty of Ruth's humble, 
submissive nature. 

They moved "down" from Long Bam and enjoyed the 
scenery, squirrels and retirement, but another change came last 
summer when their home was emptied and contents distributed. 
Now they walk down a hall to a large dining room to eat with 
others their age. And, as always, welcome visitors. 

Martha J. Cover 

People can't change truth, but truth can change people. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

We want to thank those of you who helped us financially 
when Brian became unable to work and through the following 
year and a half. We appreciate it very much. Also for the 
prayers that have been sent up on our behalf. We have felt the 
love and support! He is still unable to work a full time job, but 
Lord willing, it won't be much longer. We are just taking a day 
at a time and ask for your continued prayers! May God bless 
each of you as we strive to serve Him together. 

In Christian Love, 

Brian, Emily, Brendan and Jadrian Root 


Brian Root: 13 14 Clear Creek Trail 

North Manchester, IN 46962 
(260) 982-7735 

Daniel Wagner f s E-mail: 


CABLE - A son, Travis Landan, born January 11, 2004, to Ron 
and Faythe Cable of Williamsport, Indiana. 


Foolish Talking and Jesting 

The week just past has held a lot of grief and stress for 
many of us. By Sunday night we found ourselves simply 

Sunday evening I was getting weary and ready to "change 
the subject"--just to think about something that wouldn't seem 
so heavy. So when someone started telling a "blonde" joke, I 


joined right in the laughter and went on to tell a few myself. I 
felt some twinges of conscience, and then some shame, as 
something was said in the course of conversation that I could 
not feel good to laugh at. 

"Now why did that have to come up? 1 ' I wondered. "I 
thought we were just telling harmless, 'clean 1 jokes! " 

On the way home a sense of remorse overcame me as I felt I 
had been party to and even encouraged a conversation that had 
gotten out of hand and inappropriate. 

Ephesians 5:4 that warns against foolish talking and jesting 
came to mind. And suddenly I understood why God takes this 
matter so seriously. 

I do believe there are times when it is all right to laugh and 
enjoy something. There is an abundance of natural humor in 
everyday life, and God meant for us to enjoy these things. But 
when it comes to "manufactured" jokes and silly stories, the 
danger is that we try to be funny— to outdo each other—to make 
others laugh. And in our efforts to create hilarity, we grow 
bold and careless in our thinking and loose in our speech. Then 
in our thoughtless moments, perhaps we laugh at things (or 
even say them) that we would not have a clear conscience about 
in a more sober frame of mind. 

This is shameful! This type of conversation ought not once 
to be named among us. I speak to myself as much as anyone. I 
regret my carelessness in this matter and confess that I have not 
been a consistent example in this area. 

I ask forgiveness of anyone to whom I have been a poor 
testimony in conversation, and I seek the grace of God that my 
speech from now on should be patterned after His purity. I 
want to be accountable. 

I am challenged by these words: "Be sober, be vigilant; 
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh 
about, seeking whom he may devour." (I Peter 5:8) 

Susanna Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 



Lord, show me the path my feet must tread 

If I within Your will would walk. 

My heart desires to do Your will 

In every step, each word and thought. 

I fail oft—forgive me, Lord! 
O teach me to direct my feet, 
That as a daughter of the King, 
I'll leave a witness pure and sweet. 

Teach me to radiate Your joy 
To others and to show Your love, 
If I might touch one sunless heart 
Or point one soul to heaven above. 

Lord, here's my life— I give myself 

To You, to use it as You will; 

For in Your presence I find joy 

And learn to love as You love still 
Joy Royer 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



I would like to tell you a story I once read. I have probably 
changed it a little. 

There was a lady who liked to watch birds, so she put up 
some bird feeders. Many birds came to eat. She liked most of 
them, but she did not like it when starlings came. They scared 
the other birds away, so she would often scare the starlings 

Winter came. One day she saw some starlings in her yard. 
She thought of scaring them away. Then she saw one of them 
tumble into the snow and he still. 

She was curious, so she went out and picked it up. It was 
very, very skinny. . . and dead. It had died of cold and hunger. 

She went back into her warm house and thought about all 
the good food she had. She looked out at the snow and 
thought of the cold and hungry starlings. They did not mean to 
be pests, and they did not like being cold and hungry any more 
than she would. She felt sorry for them. 

She still fed the birds, but now she did not feed them just so 
she could watch them. She also fed them so they would not be 
hungry. And she didn't scare the starlings away any more. 

That is called compassion. It is good to have compassion 
for birds—even starlings, and it is good to have compassion for 
people— even our enemies. Remember, Jesus had compassion 
for us! Martha J. Wagner 

Gettysburg, Ohio 







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VOL. 51 MARCH, 2004 No. 3 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Teach us, in time of deep distress, 
To own Thy hand, O God, 
And in submissive silence learn 
The lessons of Thy rod. 

In every changing scene of life, 
Whate'er that scene may be, 
Give us a meek and humble mind, 
A mind at peace with Thee 

Do Thou direct our steps aright; 
Help us Thy name to fear; 
And give us grace to watch and pray, 
And strength to persevere. 

Then may we close our eyes in death, 
Without a fear or care; 
For death is life, and labor rest, 
For Thou art with us there. 

From Spiritual Hymns 

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We have fruit trees blooming beautifiiUy right now. 
Weather has been ideal; daffodils are at their finest. But March 
is not summer. Frost could invade and change the prospect of 
an abundant fruit crop. Plants and trees are dependent on 
favorable weather. They can't bundle up against the cold wind 
or throw more wood on the fire. 

We can be thankfiil our spiritual lives are not like trees, at 
the mercy of every wind that blows. While difficult 
circumstances do influence us, God has given us grace for each 
trial. Let us explore some of the adversities common to the 
children of God. 

Humanness. We are people and therefore in bodies that 
need to be "kept under." To keep our bodily appetites in 
control is a major battle. Consider this (possibly from John 

God does not prolong the lives of His people that 
they may pamper themselves with meat and drink, sleep 
as much as they please and enjoy every temporal b less- 
king, but to magnify Him, 

Our bodies are also subject to death— they are mortal. Jesus 
came for the divine purpose of conquering death. Fear of death 
brings bondage according to Hebrews 2: 15. Jesus 1 victory frees 
us from that bondage and gives hope. One hymn writer, W. B. 
CoUyer, comments: 

No terror the prospect begets; 

I am not mortality's slave. (Praise God!) 

We are not subject to the weather around us. God has 
provided hope even in severe circumstances. He wants us to 
depend on His power and grace in every test. 


Temptation. Humanness harbors temptation. It comes in 
various disguises. Because we are human, we are subject to 
desires and lusts of the body that we cannot ignore. God 
provides the direction in the proper use of our bodies so that, if 
we obey Him, we can have joy instead of defeat. 

Another form of this temptation is discouragement. God 
told Joshua as he began the Canaan conquest: "I will be with 
thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a 
good courage." Jesus promised never to leave us, and if God 
be for us, who can be against us? If we try to succeed and 
serve in our own strength, we will become discouraged and fail; 
if we trust our God who is over all, we will be winners. 

People. Satan uses people like he used Eve and Cain and 
Esau and many of the kings to bring trouble on God's children. 
We should not be surprised when we see conflict and division. 
God f s chosen ones always had their problems. But let us not be 
used by the evil one. 

God uses people, too, like He used Moses and the prophets 
and His only begotten Son Jesus to bring salvation to our race. 

Trees bend and sometimes break in the winds. They can 
lose their fruit in the frost. But Christians can be strengthened 
in adversity. "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the 
church.' 1 "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood striving against 
sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto 
you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening 
of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom 
the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom 
he receiveth." (Heb. 12:4-6) 

When children (or adults) are given too much, whether in 
material gifts or permissive indulgence, they simply ask for 
more. Examples from the past are Eli's sons and the sons of 
Samuel, David, and Solomon. We that are children of God 
through new birth have more advantage than they, but the 
principles still apply. Indulgence does not prepare for the hard 


decisions of life, nor does it promote holiness. Strait is the 
gate! With the Psakrdst we can say, "My help cometh from the 
Lord which made heaven and earth." (121:2) 

We can look to other ages and places to find excellent 
examples of overcoming. I don f t mean there are not faithful 
ones today. Thank God for Christian victors! But ours is an 
age of ease. It does not help produce heroes of faith. In 
Revelation 7, John saw a special multitude dressed in white 
robes. The angel told him: "These are they which came out of 
great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them 
white in the blood of the Lamb." The Word does not list the 
work they did or people they influenced. The important part 
was that they endured and were washed in the blood of the 
Savior. They cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our 
God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 

Trees need the best conditions to produce the best fruit. 
Christians grow and produce fruit in the grace and with the 
power of God. Their help— their strength does not come from 
the world around them. When we grow too dependent on our 
circumstances, when our affection is here, then we become soft- 
-unable to resist the greater trials the adversary is sure to send. 

God has provided for our survival and gives us our choice: 
His way or the world. With choice comes responsibility. God 
is sovereign but fair to all. He has told us: "For unto 
whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required. To 
choose God's way includes the priceless privilege of being made 
more and more like our Savior. Is this our desire? If it is, we 
can be sure of success, for God is faithful Let us take our eyes 
off ourselves where there is weakness and failure, and turn them 
to Jesus where there is pardon, help, and victory. --L.C. 


Into each life there comes an hour 

Of choice, so grave, requiring contemplation; 


A choice on which depends our destiny— 
Of life or death, of bliss or condemnation. 

The Savior made His choice so well 
When God the Father sent Him for salvation. 
He chose the cross of shame and suffering, 
The only way we could escape perdition. 

Now the choice is ours to make 

If we would live in God's supreme creation 

To take the easy road appeals 

But does not lead to God's redeemed new nation. 

So choose today to serve the Savior, 

To praise His name and bask in His provision; 

For all eternity to live and dwell 

In happiness and joy, in love's fruition. — L.C. 


We were friends from the start! We adopted him when he 
was only one week old and showing signs of neglect. He was 
an unwanted addition in his own family. To some people his 
looks were appalling; but our friendship wasn't built on looks. 
It was built on love! Real friends are not swayed by outward 
appearance. True friends look on the heart. Sometimes those 
with the greatest depth of character are those with bodily 

It was my responsibility to feed him his bottle both day and 
night. True friendships take sacrifice. Friendships take time. 
Fair weather friends are useless in stormy weather. 

As he grew older and learned to eat by himself, people 
thought his table manners were less than ideal. Even though he 


was malnourished and undersized in the beginning, his appetite 
soon had him overweight. Did our friendship end because he 
was not a fashion thing? Was I embarrassed to let people know 
that we knew each other? True friends can suffer disgrace 
together. A real friend keeps on loving when no one else does. 
Friendships based on outward appeal have no depth to hold 
them together. 

Whenever I came home from school, he would meet me at 
the door. If I had gotten good grades, he was there. If I had 
bad grades, he was still there. Grades were not his criteria for 
friendship. Good friendships are not based on ability. 
Friendships are based on love! 

My friend did not grow up to be in the "in" group. He was 
despised by most people. Friendships based on popularity and 
status are shallow. When honor and prestige fail, then such 
friendships are soon ended. 

A little boy and an orphan pig can learn many lessons on 
friendships. When counting my blessings, I count my friends 

By Stephen Miller 
Selected by Jean Martin from Beside the Still Waters 


The spiritual picture of a three-fold cord (Ecclesiastes 4:12) 
aptly describes the involvement of the home in the work of the 
church and school. Good home life is the best support that 
parents can give to the work of the school. 

Parents value the child. The child is a gift; from God, and 
sensing such a trust, parents are diligent in his training. They 
pray for the development of the child and for the contribution of 
the school. They take time to be interested in the 
accomplishments of each child. The family expects that 


homework will be done and that drill will be part of the evening 

Parents support school life when orderliness is an important 
part of their home. Promptness in getting to school and church 
is a big help. Having lists of things to accomplish and having 
time boundaries teaches the children to stick to a schedule. The 
routines of home life prepare the child for the discipline of 
school schedules. 

Parents are interested in communication. Although they 
listen to school stories, they understand that their child might 
not have the whole story. In order to support the school, 
parents keep their opinions to themselves or ask for further 
information from a more mature source. Children quickly sense 
when parents question, even in their minds, the teacher or 
school proceedings. Since parents by nature are prejudiced in 
favor of their own children, school disciplinary action can pose 
special challenges in supporting the school. As parents, be 
sensitive to what your actions, either spoken or silent, may be 
communicating to the child. 

Parents provide for their children. Providing a spiritual diet 
of singing and worship at home helps prepare the child for 
spiritual teaching at school. But parents also provide for the 
child in a physical way. A well-rested child pleases the teacher. 
One who has a nutritious lunch and is cleanly and neatly dressed 
adds much to the learning atmosphere. 

Parents who support the school understand and practice 
sacrifice. It takes money to run the school. It takes effort to 
help with lessons and to prepare the child for school. Many 
miles are covered to transport the child to school. These things 
do not just happen. But they bring forth fruit when the parents 
do these things willingly. 

School life is somewhat like family life. No one wants to 
tear down someone in his own family. For this reason, parents 
strive to hold up the place of the school and teacher, even 


though they may not always understand what is being done. 
They recognize the school as part of the body of Christ and as 
an arm of the church. Willingly they are partners in 
accomplishing the teaching of children. 

By Dana Ressler in The Christian School Builder 


I am not sent a pilgrim here, 
My heart with earth to fill; 
But I am here God's grace to learn 
And serve God f s sovereign will. 

He leads me on through smiles and tears; 
Grief follows gladness still; 
But let me welcome both alike 
Since both work out His will. 

The strong man's strength to toil for Christ, 

The fervent preacher's skill 

I sometimes wish; but better far, 

To be just what God will. 

I know not how this languish life 
May life's vast ends fulfill 
He knows, and that life is not lost 
That answers best His will. 

No service in itself is small, 
None great, though earth it fill; 
But that is small that seeks its own, 
And great that seeks God's will. 


Then hold my hand most gracious Lord, 

Guide all my doings still; 

And let this be my life's one aim, 

To do, or bear Thy will. 

Author unknown, 
Selected by Susie Sell 

Reaching Out— To Marienborn (continued) 

In December, 1712, the baptized persons of Dudelsheim 
were ordered to appear before a special consistory of the 
Marienborn clergy to be examined concerning their actions. 
One of the clergy was Samuel Konig (1670-1750), the Swiss 
Pietist who was instrumental in the conversion of Lady 
Callenberg, mentioned earlier in our series. In a letter to Count 
Charles August, Konig tried his best to be excused from serving 
in the hearing. He was sympathetic with the Pietists. The count 
ordered him to serve on the consistory regardless. Konig's 
presence apparently was helpful to the Brethren as the 
consistory recommended leniency in three points: 1. That the 
count be patient and defer their banishment, citing the counsel 
of Gamaliel in the New Testament; 2. That those who were 
baptized be told why it was not to be tolerated, and also warned 
against emphasizing baptism at the expense of brotherly 
kindness, and 3. Those baptized were to keep their promise to 
cause the "gracious lord" no inconvenience. The authorities 
could have been much more severe. 

There was yet a fourth baptism, this time performed by lohn 
Nass. Two of those baptized were Peter Becker and his wife. 
The others who had joined the Brethren at Marienborn were 
new residents who had come at the count's invitation. But 


Peter Becker and his wife were permanent citizens, and to 
baptize Ms own people was too much for the count to tolerate. 
They were charged with failure to live up to their promise to 
live quietly and in seclusion. By order of the councilors, the 
Brethren were given two choices. They could stay and practice 
their faith privately with no public meetings or baptisms— in 
other words to have no new sect or church organization. The 
alternative was to leave. The Brethren chose to leave. They 
were given a passport which really amounted to a 
recommendation as it described them as good citizens. 
However, all those involved, including John Nass, were warned 
never to return. Their passport read as follows: 

"The bearers of this (passport) have resided in this territory 
for some time, some as subjects, and some as settlers. They 
have so conducted themselves in their civil lives that no one 
can reasonably bring anything against them. As everyone has 
been completely satisfied with them, this is hereby publicly 
certified. They have taken up the teachings of Anabaptists, and 
desire to hold their gatherings here publicly on Sundays and 
other specified days, which the honorable count, our gracious 
lord, had not intended to permit Because of this religious 
activity, it has not been possible to tolerate them longer in the 
territory. As they are resolved to leave here and transfer their 
residence elsewhere, we therefore warmly recommend to 
everyone to aid them in their undertaking as evidence of our 

"Certified below by the government official of our most 
gracious count." 

Dated Marienborn, May 6, 1715. (European Origins of the 
Brethren, by Donald F. Durnbaugh, page 188) 

After being expelled from Marienborn, the Brethren of this 
region migrated to Krefeld on the lower Rhine River. Their 
leaders were John Nass and Peter Becker. 


Thought questions: 

1. Do you think the Brethren should have left Marienborn? 

2. Why were the officials more upset over the baptism of 
Peter Becker and his wife than the other baptisms? -L.C. 


Hazel was born at Grand Junction in western Colorado on 
March 13, 1920, the first in a family of four girls and twin boys. 
Her father was a tenant farmer, so they lived in rented houses in 
western Colorado and moved often. Hazel's father died when 
she was thirteen. That summer she had her first away-from- 
home job doing housework for a family. 

After moving to eastern Colorado, Hazel finished ninth 
grade in school, then worked in various homes. Hearing there 
was good work to be had in the Great Bend, Kansas, area, 
Hazel and several other girls moved there. Hazel got a 
housemaid job earning the large sum of $4.00 a week, most of 
which she sent to her mother. (Ask her how she liked bathing 
the dogs at one home.) 

In 1942, the Weaver family moved to Ohio. Hazel found a 
job as live-in cook at The Brethren's Home at Greenville. 
Several years later, she worked very briefly at a nursing home at 
Galveston, Indiana, with Elma Moss. But Hazel didn't like 
being that far away from her little nieces. 

Back in Greenville, she began working night shift at Wayne 
Hospital as a nurses aid. She faithfully kept this job for forty- 
one years, ending in 1993. She has had various cleaning jobs 
over the years and still irons shirts for a business man 
occasionally. At eighty-four years old, she has a forty-eight- 
hour-a-week job staying with an elderly man (younger than 
herself though) during the day to give him his tube-feedings. 


Hazel has clicked her knitting needles through countless 
pairs of baby booties, baby afghans and other items over the 
years. She has also done sewing and alterations for others. 

Hazel was a member of the Dunkard Brethren Church in her 
early years, the Conservative German Baptist Brethren most of 
her adult life, and the Old Brethren the last several years. 

Compiled by Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


DAVE) PAUL GARBER was born on June 3, 1937, to 
Raymond and Ruth (Flora) Garber in Montgomery County, 

In 1954 he was baptized into the Old Order German Baptist 
Church to which he remained faithful until death. He was 
united in marriage to Mary Eleanor Diehl on May 25, 1957. 

David was elected to the ministry in 1981 and later called to 
the eldership. He farmed for many years in Darke and Miami 
Counties in Ohio before moving to Wisconsin in January, 1997. 

He had been having several health problems for some time. 
He received comfort from the anointing two different times. 

David departed this life at his home on January 7, 2004, at 
the age of 66 years, 7 months, and 4 days. He was preceded in 
death by his parents, one daughter Karen Mitchell, and an infant 
sister Judy. He is survived by his wife of forty- six years; a son- 
in-law John Mitchell of Richland Center, Wisconsin; two 
daughters: Sue Lavy and husband John, and Diane McAtee and 
husband Ian, both of Bradford, Ohio; one son, Duane Garber 
and wife Regina, also of Bradford; two brothers: Donald 
Garber and wife Ellen of Waverly, Kansas, and Kenneth Garber 
of Athens, Wisconsin; four sisters: Thelma Wagner and 



husband Daniel of Gettysburg, Ohio, Kathryn Denlinger of 
Gettysburg, Ohio, Myrna Frantz and husband Stanley of 
Covington, Ohio, and Lois Rife and husband James of 
Greenville, Ohio. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren 
and four great-grandchildren. 

He will be greatly missed, but we know a better home 
awaits those who do His will. The burial was at Oakland 
Cemetery north of Gettysburg, Ohio. 

The family would like to thank everyone for all the love and 
concern and all the help in many diiferent ways during the times 
of his sickness and death. 

—The Family 


Bethanna Taylor 
Chelsea Brown 
Orpha Royer 
Abram Bowser 
Andrew Bowser 
Honna Royer 
Laura Royer 
Kristi Royer 

Tuolumne, California 
Tuolumne, California 
Goshen, Indiana 
Harrison, Arkansas 
Harrison, Arkansas 
Goshen, Indiana 
Nappanee, Indiana 
Nappanee, Indiana 

January 4 

February 22 
February 29 
March 7 
March 7 
March 11 
March 1 1 
March 11 

May these dear young people be faithful and useful in the 
Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

\J ROADES - A son, Edward Anthem, bom March 8 to Keith and 

Marlene Roades of Oxford, Ohio. 
j COVER - A son, Josiah Daniel, born February 9 to Ben and 

Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California. 



Tribute to the Aged 

There f s an exquisite grace that seems to go with age; 
The silver-headed grandpas seem to level with a sage- 
Like Joshua or Moses, in the days of long ago; 
The Holy Spirit's with them, and His wisdom sweetly flows. 

Oh, I could stay for hours and listen to them speak! 

I never would grow weary of sitting at their feet. 

They have so much experience in things both great and small 

As I observe their wealth of truth, my spirit stands in awe. 

They know the Bible through and through; to them it's very 


The Lamp of Life that guides their feet, dispelling every fear. 

Their prayer-life is real, alive! O that mine may be so! 

At day's first light they turn to God, and back to Him at close. 

Their lives o'erflow with radiance that blesses all they greet; 

It's a pleasure beyond measure with dear older friends to meet. 

They've walked with God for many years, through joys and 

sorrows too. 

And here, to each, I wish to say, "I'm glad that Tve known 

you! 1 ' 

My weeks and years are passing by; full well they seem to 

These youthfiil days are not to waste! Serve Him who loves 
you so. 

In grace and wisdom may I grow, and sweet humility, 
And follow the example of these friends who follow Thee. 
Susanna Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 


Some Lessons from Rats 

I suppose people who know me well are not surprised that I 
would write about rats, since I have some for pets and like them 
rather well. Most people are not at all fond of rats. I hope that 
does not make it hard to learn a few lessons from them 

Rats can be a real problem. I know I would not like rats 
chewing on my things. Rats can even burn down houses by 
biting into wires. Of course they also burn their own house 
down and probably get shocked. If only they knew the 
problems they cause, maybe they would learn to behave 

You could do a lot of damage without meaning to, also. 
But you are blessed with parents who can tell you what is safe 
and what is unwise. As long as you obey them, it is less likely 
you will break something or get hurt. 

As you grow up. I hope you will always be thankful for a 
loving God who will teach you more about right and wrong. 
As long as we obey Him, we will be blessed, don't you think? 

Another reason people do not like rats is because of their 
snaky tails. Now you do not need to like their scaly, bristly 
tails, but have you ever stopped to think who made those tails? 
Although such a tail does work very well for a rat, it did not 
choose what its tail would look like any more than you chose 
whether or not to have brown hair or freckles. Would you like 
someone not liking you because of such things? Surely you 
would not! I hope you would never dislike someone else for 
such a reason, either. Remember God is the one who made 
them, and He does all things well. 

So why are some animals such pests? In a way, it is our 
fault. It was perfect in the garden of Eden. Maybe rats and 
other pests did not act or even look the same. Maybe there was 



so much food for everyone that Adam and Eve didn't mind 
sharing. Maybe they liked to pet the rats and play with them, 
just as I do. 

Sin has changed things. Now rats are usually pests, and a 
good husbandman must try to get rid of barn rats so his food 
and buildings are not destroyed by them. 

It will not be like that in heaven. Won't that be nice? 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Pilgrim, yes! arise, look 'round thee, 

Light is breaking in the skies; 

Gird thy bridal robes around thee; 

Morning dawns, arise, arise, (from hymn 434) 


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VOL. 51 APRIL. 2004 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Our Savior died to make us free! 
He shed His blood on Calvary! 
The cross He bore, the shame, the pain, 
To save our souls from Satan's chain! 

Oh, let us gaze upon that face, 
So foil of love and peace and grace. 
Behold the precious crimson wave, 
That Jesus shed the lost to save. 

They take Him from the blood-stained tree, 
Him who was born their King to be! 
Then slowly through the gathering gloom 
His form is borne to Joseph's tomb. 

Men's hearts are filled with awe and fear 
But holy angels hover near. 
Oh joy! He bursts each prison bond! 
And soars, at last, the earth beyond! 

Oh, let us at His footstool bow, 
And crave His grace and mercy now. 
The debt of love we ne'er can pay, 
But we can be His own today! 

For all He died upon the tree; 
He shed His blood for you and me. 
On Calvary's brow at eventide 
For you, for me, for all He died. 
By Mrs. George B. Holsinger in The Brethren Hymnal 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd,, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"They've shot our President!" At the hardware store where 
I worked, an agitated customer rushed in and related the 
shocking news of the death of President Kennedy, the fourth 
assassination of an American President. To be elected a 
President means a life in jeopardy; automatically he has bitter 
enemies. But his death makes him an instant hero. 

In this season of spring beauty, we remember another death 
of far more importance. Jesus as Son of God also had bitter 
enemies. His crucifixion was not the work of one assassin, but 
the combined efforts of two nations at the direction of Satan, 
Jesus' desparate foe. There was a betrayer, Jewish leaders who 
clamored for His death, and a Roman centurion who directed 
the pounding of the nails. 

The death of a President sets in order an important sequence 
of events. The nation must not remain long without a leader to 
make vital decisions. Upon Kennedy's death, Vice President 
Johnson was sworn in on a plane taking him back to 
Washington, D.C., to fill that top office left vacant. 

Was there a parallel in the death of Jesus? No, no one could 
take the place of God's only begotten Son. But the Father 
remained in absolute control. This was no surprise event. It 
was determined before the creation of the earth that such a 
death would be needed. (See I Peter 1:20 and Rev. 13:8.) Jesus 
was willing to die to be our Saviour. 

In our limited understanding, we wonder if Jesus dreaded 
the coming ordeal. We would, if we knew a horrible, slow, 
pain&l crucifixion was in store for us. Jesus' dread must have 
been even greater, for He is more sensitive than we are, and He 
was to bear "the sins of the whole world." (I John 2:2) He 


prayed that "the cup" would be taken away. "Father, if thou be 
willing remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but 
thine, be done." Hebrews 12:2 describes Jesus' emotions: 
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who 
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising 
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of 
God." Hebrews 2:9,10 tells of His tasting death for every man 
and "bringing many sons unto glory." Perhaps the joy 
outweighed the agony. 

No, there was no replacement to take over the work of 
saving men. Jesus Himself rose from the grave and assumed the 
high place His suffering won for Him We read of it and 
marvel. That same passage (Heb. 2:10) says, ". . .to make the 
captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." (Was He 
not already perfect?) Heb. 5:8: "Though he were a Son, yet 
learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;" (Was He 
not already obedient?) "And being made perfect, he became the 
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." 
Wonderfixl Saviour! 

Let us turn our focus inward. For every believer there is 
also a horrible crucifixion. It is the death of the "old man." 
Paul says he is crucified with Christ. There is no way to 
describe crucifixion but horrible. The difference is that our 
suffering does not save us; we deserve death. Are we able? 
Jesus told James and John, "Ye shall indeed drink of the cup 
that I drink of . ." 

How does this happen to us? We are not likely to be 
martyred like James nor to suffer like John. But do we get our 
own way? God help us if we do! We too need to say, "Thy 
will be done." All of us, every son of God, must renounce our 
own will. To the "old man" or the carnal nature, it is horrible. 
But to the new creature in Christ there is joy unspeakable and 
full of glory. May we survive this death to sin and live the 
resurrected life for God each day. --L.C. 



"My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me, forsaken me, 
fOTsakea me?" It echoed off the canyon walls, and I failed to 
recognize it as my own. Darkness covered the sky, and it was 
such that one felt it, even to the innermost parts of the soul. 
The wind had ceased and the heat made me ill, and such was it 
that I scarcely could breath. The sweat from my brow and the 
tears from my eyes were mixed so that they ran into my mouth, 
and the bitterness made my stomach to turn. Weakness 
overwhelmed me and I wished for release. "Ah, death, where 
art thou?" I wailed. "Relieve me lest I be taken into the depths 
of despair." Such cannot be compared to death, for death is 
sweet when it comes to the saved, but hell is in the depths of 
this mist of despair. 

Laughter brought me to myself. No, not laughter of joy, 
but that of an evil one who has won over his victim. He stood 
before me so hideous the sight, hatred so strong it could be felt, 
and the gleam of his eyes chilled me to the bone. He laughed 
again with an evil sneer and reached out to grasp me. I quickly 
withdrew and sought an escape but found none. "Ah, what's 
the matter, my friend?" he sneered. "Where are you to go? Ha 
ha! Now where is your God? He is not here and you are 
mine," he snarled in delight. "You are not worthy, nor doth He 
regard you any more. You failed, failed, failed." Oh that echo, it 
pierced my soul, and I fought lest I believe his lies. "Your 
God," he sneered, "has used you up and left you here to die, but 
don't be afraid. I will take you with me to dwell with my 
friends, ha ha." He roared with delight and it reverberated off 
the walls in a deafening sound. "Now curse God and die," he 
cried. "Come on, curse Him for leaving you thus." 

"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, forsaken me, 
forsakenme," I cried in despair, and I lay down to die, but it was 


not to be. Light pierced the sky, descending in brightness until 
it penetrated the canyon where I lay. And with its arrival came 
an angel of God. Chiseled and mighty he stood by my side. He 
glanced down at me, and I saw in his eyes the power of God 
such as cannot be known by human strength. He looked about 
on the devil and caused him to withdraw, but in anger the devil 
cried. "So, you come and interfere with me," he snarled. "Ah, 
but let me at this one; he is not worth your time, and besides, 
it's not fair that you should come when I almost had him 

"Not so," said the angel. "This one belongs to my Father, 
and he cannot be had. He has already been bought, and once 
my Father purchases a soul, He does not relinquish it again 
unless the soul desires it of Him." 

"Ah," said the devil, "but did not this one stray?" 

"No, he did not stray; only life has brought more than he 
had the strength to bear, and forgetting to ask of the Father, he 
has come nigh to death," replied the angel. 

"Ha," sneered the devil, "and this Father has left him here to 
die. Why did He wait so long to come to get him, seeing he is 
so important?" 

"My Father," replied the angel, "knows when to rescue and 
when the time is right to wait. Had he not been in this position, 
he might not have known of this great intervention, petitioned 
by the Son, and commissioned by the Father." 

"You make a fool out of trusting, seeing you simply rescue 
him whenever he comes unto this place." snarled the devil. 

"No " replied the angel. "One does not come to be as this 
one here and not realize to whom his rescue is credited. Each 
time the Father rescues one from this vale of despair, he 
becomes more aware of this valley and harder to be distracted 
by your distraction, you evil one. And thus the Father builds 
within each one the strength needed for the next round, but 
mostly he instills in them a realization of their need for Him. " 


"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me, forsaken me, 
forsaken me?" And then the light split the hillside, the veil of the 
temple was torn in two, the rock was rolled away, and death 
crushed underfoot by the only one who could survive the test of 
faithfulness when the Father withdrew His presence for a time. 
And hell is vanquished, life is given, and victory is ours even 
beyond the depths of despair. And God has said, "This is my 
beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him" And 
the Son said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy 
laden, and I will give you rest." But for those who fall into the 
valley of despair, thus sayeth the Father, "Fear not for I am with 
thee even until the end." Even so come Lord Jesus. 

John L. Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 


The mystery of life and death and the awe or fear it strikes 
in the human heart is familiar to each of us. In childhood we 
are mystified, not understanding, yet dimly sensing the finality 
of death. As we grow older and begin to comprehend its 
reality, we are sobered, realizing that this is an experience that 
each of us must face-no if about it. And for many, that 
thought brings terror. 

Nearly two thousand years ago an event took place that 
would forever change the course of history and redefine the 
meaning of life and death for all who would choose to believe. 

In an ordinary country town, to an obscure cattle shed, 
came a weary peasant couple of the poorer working class, 
seeking shelter for the night. And why seek rest in a stable? 
Because there was no room in the inn-no better place to be 
had. That night a tiny baby entered this world, in the same way 
babies enter the world today. What was special about that? 


And then— then— oh can it be? We find Him hanged, 
tortured, bleeding, broken, dying as a common criminal among 
common criminals. 

Where now is the power that healed the sick and raised the 
dead? "Can it be that we were deceived?" In an agony of grief 
and disillusionment, His followers turn away to the darkest 
midnight of their lives asking, "Why? He was so kind, so pure, 
so good! It is not fair! He did not deserve to die! and we— 
where can we turn? Our Leader, our one and only hope and joy 
is dead" Friends beg for the broken body of their dead Master 
and sadly prepare and commit it to the grave. The silence of 
death settles over the once hopeful band of those who had 
followed this Man. Three days and nights pass. 

Sunrise on the third day. An earthquake shudders across 
the land, an earthquake that shakes the history of the human 
race to the very core of its foundations. Its reverberations find 
an echoing tremor of joy in our hearts, for we find this Man, 
this one in whom we trusted standing before us, alive\ 

Death could not contain this Life of life, this King of kings. 
He conquered death; He broke the bands of sin and the grave, 
and for those who truly believe in Him, life can never be the 
same again. 

True, He suffered as a common sinner, but not for any fault 
of His own. He bore the load of guilt for my sin, and yours, 
and the sins of all humanity! No other could bear the blame or 
pay the debt we owed except that blameless Lamb of God. 
Only His blood could atone. 

But now the debt has been paid. Sovereign justice has been 
satisfied. And the Saviour rises, victorious Conqueror over 
death and hell, breaking the bondage of sin and extending to us 
mercy and pardon and new life in Christ. 

In the flood of overwhelming awe and gratitude, we fall at 
His feet in love and adoration, willingly yielding all that we are 
and have to His control. Because He took our place and paid 


the price for our sins, we no longer need to dread the 
punishment that should have been ours. 

Because He lives and reigns triumphant over death and sin, 
there is no more sting in death to those who truly abide in Him 
Because He has risen, we have the promise that death is not the 
end for those who fear Him. We shall also join Him in that 
second glorious resurrection at the last day. 

Susanna Tate, Mshawaka, Indiana 


In the mid-1950's, a British minister began to notice a slight 
ache in his throat as well as some hesitation in his leg. To his 
dismay, the doctor diagnosed him with an incurable disease that 
caused progressive muscular atrophy. The disease would cause 
his muscles to slowly waste away. Gradually he would be 
unable to walk or even swallow. 

With such a prognosis, the minister dedicated himself to 
strengthening and encouraging the church as long as he was 
able. "At least I can write, and I will have more time for 
prayer," he thought. With this in mind, he led out in prayer 
groups and wrote articles and books. Soon, however, his legs 
became useless and he could no longer even talk. But by 
shakily holding a pen, he could still write. 

On Easter morning just a few weeks before he died, he 
wrote a letter to his daughter. This was his heart cry: "It is 
terrible to wake up on Easter morning and have no voice to 
shout 'He is risen!' But it would be still more terrible to have a 
voice and not want to shout." 

Matthew 28:5-8: "And the angel answered and said unto 
the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which 
was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, 
see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his 


disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth 
before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told 
you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear 
and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word." 

The Christian alone has this outstanding message to 
proclaim. No other religion can claim such power! The 
message of a crucified Saviour bursting from the tomb as victor 
over that great enemy Death, is a message not one other 
religion can imitate. 

Has your voice been a testimony to this great power, or 
could it be that you have a voice and yet do not want to shout? 
By Bradley L. Eberly in The Christian Example 


He could hear the crowds screaming, "Crucify! crucify!' 1 

He could hear the hatred in their voices; 

These were His chosen people. 

He loved them, 

And they were going to crucify Him. 

He was beaten, bleeding, and weakened. . .His heart was 

broken, But still He walked ON. 

He could see the crowd as He came from the palace. 

He knew each of the faces so well. 

He had created them. 

He knew every smile, laugh, and shed tear, 

But now they were contorted with rage and anger. . .His heart 

broke, But still He walked ON. 

Was He scared? 

You and I would have been. 


So His humanness would have mandated that He was. He felt 
alone. His disciples had left, denied, and even betrayed Him. 
He searched the crowd for a loving face and He saw very few. 
Then He turned His eyes to the only One that mattered, 
And He knew that He would never be alone. 
He looked back at the crowd, at the people who were spitting 
At Him, throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him and He knew 
That because of Him, they would never be alone. 
So for them, He walked ON. 

The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes echoed through 

The crowd. The sounds of His cries echoed even louder, 

The cheers of the crowd, as His hands and feet 

Were nailed to the cross, intensified with each blow. 

Loudest of all was the still small voice inside His 

Heart that whispered, "I am with You, My Son," 

And God's heart broke. 

He had let His Son walk on. 

Jesus could have asked God to end His suffering, 

But instead He asked God to forgive. 

Not to forgive Him, but to forgive the ones who were 

persecuting Hinx As He hung on that cross, dying an 

unimaginable death, 

He looked out and saw, not only the faces in the crowd, 

But also, the face of every person yet to be, 

And His heart filled with love. 

As His body was dying, His heart was alive. 

Alive with the limitless, unconditional love He feels for each of 

us. That is why He walked ON. 

When I forget how much my God loves me, 

I remember His walk. 

When I wonder if I can be forgiven, 


I remember His walk. 

When I need to be reminded of how to live like Christ, 

I think of His walk. 

And to show Him how much I love Him, 

I wake up each morning, turn my eyes to Him, 

And I walk on. 

Author unknown 
Selected by Mary Lavy 


As the dawn was calmly breaking, On that glorious Easter day, 
The great truth in mystery shrouded, Proved a blest reality. 
Jesus Christ the wondrous Prophet Who had died upon the tree, 
Now had vanquished death—victorious, And thus set the captive 

Hark! the verdant earth is quaking, Under heaven f s potential 


For Jehovah's faithful angel Came and rolled the stone away. 

"He is risen," was the message, And again the angel said, 

"Why come ye to see the living, Here among the silent dead." 

As they left in fear and trembling, There was one who lingered 


And she stood and wept for sorrow Close beside that vacant 


But her tears to glad fruition Changed when Jesus met her 


For His loving voice so gentle, Soon subdued her vain despair. 

Hallelujah! Christ has risen, Victor o'er that dark domain. 


Earthly foes could not subdue Hun, Though His body they had 


"I'm the life and resurrection," Was the saying that He kept; 

For from death He rose victorious, The first fruits of them that 


Oh, spread the message far and wide: 

Jesus lives and reigns on high. 

He has vanquished His last foe 

In His earth-life here below 

And is coming soon, but never more to die. 

By Rufus Buzzard in Zion's Praises 
Sent by Carol and Ray Eberly 


As we hear of concerns in the church of God, I often feel 
reproved. We have heard that nothing will change if we look at 
others' needs. It is our own needs we need to address. 

The thoughts in my heart are especially concerning parents' 
love and care for our youth-age children. I feel very weak and 
inadequate in this area. It seems that we parents many times do 
not have clear answers for our children. This can set the stage 
for trouble or broken down communications. 

It is true that youth- age children are not little children, but 
they still need loving direction. Sometimes we need to give a 
clear yes or no answer. Sometimes we need to relate our 
feelings about the situation at hand and leave the decision to 
them. There are those times we need to clearly explain to them 
what we believe will happen if they choose their own path. 

One real concern I have when I think of our youth today is 
the availability of money. When we think of cell phones, 
expensive clothes, expensive sunglasses, or inconsistent 



vehicles, they all take money, and quite a bit of it at times. 
Another aspect of this would come with an independent 
lifestyle. I believe parents are responsible to control the 
availability of money to our children, especially so in their 
teenage years. 

If we read the story of Eh and his sons in I Samuel 2 and 3, 
we realize that God held Eh very responsible for his grown 
sons. It appears like he told his sons that what they were doing 
was wrong, but he was not willing to help them change. This 
"helping" today is not easy. Sometimes it might be considered 
the dirty work. I don't believe that this needs to be. 

As to our youth earning their own money, I don't feel there 
is only one correct way, as we all grew up in different ways. If 
our youth can feel responsible to help support our family 
financially, it will help them feel good about the money they 
earn. Parents spent a lot of time and money with lots of love in 
raising their children. It is only right that through the teenage 
years most of the money young people earn should be used for 
the welfare of the family unit. 

If parents have plenty of finances and want their children to 
keep the money they earn, they should feel responsible in 
helping them spend it or not to spend it. The Bible gives a lot 
of direction on how children are responsible to parents. 
Proverbs 29: 15-19 is just one text. 

I believe God is keenly interested in us and will guide His 
Church through all these challenges. The question is, will I 
have the grace and take time to follow God's plan for my 

Written with Christian love, Lester Penner, Orrville, Ohio 
Selected from the Messenger of Truth 


Aaron and Kelly Heinrich: 4242 Blue Gum Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95358 (209) 526-3936 


To Learn Love 

To leam love— life's greatest task 
We undertake. 

Don't quarrel with your lot in life- 
Just be content. 

Don't let vexations anger you— 
They are God-sent. 

Though those around you may not love; 
Just keep on loving. 

Do not complain of endless cares— 
Your rest is heaven. 

Do not resent temptation strong 
Or mourn your plight; 

Though round it thickens hard and long 
Your life to blight, 

And ceases not for e're so long 
Through day and night 

For agony nor prayer nor song- 
Keep up the fight! 

This is your practice— love's great work 
Is being wrought. 

Joy Royer 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

The greatest friend of truth is time, and her constant 
companion is humility. —Selected 


Heppy Is Tempted 

Rats are very timid animals. It seems they know there are 
many enemies which would do them harm. They like to be in 
places they know well. If they go somewhere else, they are 
very nervous, and very soon they hurry back home. This is why 
I do not worry when my rats "escape. 1 ' They will come back. 

But rats are also very curious and will return to the same 
place again and again, going farther each time and feeling more 
and more safe there. I am sure many a rat has lost its life 
because it decided some place was safe, when really it was not! 

I have a toy my rats like very well. It is a big ball that a rat 
can get in. Then I screw a lid on, and the rat can run all over 
the house, yet not do damage or be in danger. They feel safe in 
there, unafraid of things they would otherwise be terrified of. 
(We also need not be afraid when we are in God's will!) 

One day one of my rats named "Heppy" was in the ball, 
bumping about from room to room After a while I realized I 
no longer heard her. Was she stuck somewhere? 

Then I saw a furtive movement and looked up just in time 
to see a dark nose poking out from under the phone stand. It 
quickly disappeared. I scolded and called, hoping it really was 
Heppy, for I really couldn't tell. She was out of the ball and 
acting just like a scuttling bam rat! 

Soon she dashed across the floor to the couch. Yes, it was 
Heppy. Surely no barn rat would have that much white on her! 
And since she had been under the couch a few times before, I 
knew she would be home soon. 

Sure enough, she soon emerged, dawdling toward home. 
She was rather enjoying herself now; why hurry? But she came 
to me, and I put her on her pen. She quickly went in but poked 
her nose back out before her tail had quite made it in. Soon she 



was hanging off the end of her pen, obviously wanting to go 
back and explore some more! 

That is like a bad habit, isn't it? We feel guilty and hide 
when we do it, but we keep doing it again and again. 

Now I hope you would not want to go places you should 
not go, or do things you should not do. If ever you do wrong, I 
hope you will "go home" and not do it again. It is easier to 
avoid a bad habit than to break one! 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


As pilgrims traveling through foreign territory, we can still 
visit Calvary frequently. In fact, we can "camp" there. --L.C. 








VOL.51 MAY T 2QQ4 No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Spirit so holy, Spirit of love, 
Spirit so gentle, sent from above; 
Priceless possession, purchase of blood, 
Good beyond measure, Gift of our Lord. 

Spirit of wisdom, Spirit of light, 
Spirit of knowledge, showing the right; 
Guide us and teach us, fully to know 
All that in Jesus God would bestow. 

Spirit so humble, Spirit so meek, 
Spirit so kindly, helping the weak; 
Work in and through us, make us to be 
Lowly and loving, yielding to Thee. 

Spirit of power, Spirit of God, 
Spirit of burning, work through Thy Word; 
Search us and sift us, spare not the dross, 
Show us that self life ends at the cross. 

By D.W. Whittle 

Selected Rom Life Songs # 2 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published ill the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Pentecost— the name holds memories and anticipations to 
many of the Brethren people, for at Pentecost is the traditional 
"Annual Meeting." On Pentecost the Holy Spirit promised by 
Jesus descended on His followers. Annual meeting could 
qualify as one of the things to hold that Paul recommends in II 
Thess. 2:15: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the 
traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our 
epistle." We trust it is not "... vain conversation received by 
tradition from your fathers." (I Peter 1:18) 

Obviously, traditions can be good or useless, depending on 
how they conform to God's Word. Hebrews 10:25 supports 
good Christian meetings: "Not forsaking the assembling of 
ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one 
another: and so much the more, as ye see the day 

Some believe the Jerusalem council described in Acts 15 
provides a precedent for our yearly meetings. In fact, this 
chapter is read each time. It does give the example to come 
together to discuss current issues. Through the ages, councils 
have been called to settle momentous questions— not necessarily 
once a year, but as the need arose. Some fellowships hold a 
general assembly every five or ten years. However, we must 
not assume that our conferences match the Jerusalem council in 
importance or authority. The results of that meeting became a 
permanent part of the Word of God. Those who attended were 
apostles and elders, many of whom had known the Lord Jesus 
when He lived among men. They had heard Him speak and He 
commissioned them to do the very things they accomplished. 
John records that Jesus told them, "... As my Father hath sent 


me, even so send I you. . . Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose 
soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose 
soever sins ye retain, they are retained." 

Reaching conclusions at their council they explained, "For it 
seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us. . ." We trust that 
the Holy Ghost directs us today in council. But we believe that 
the meetings of today must conform to God's Word-they do 
not add to it. 

Conclusions at Annual Meetings have been sometimes 
called "advisory" and sometimes "obligatory." This is a hard 
distinction to make; Christians are obligated to heed good 
advice. Problems begin when we try to equate our decisions 
with the Holy Word in importance. 

However, we see wisdom in Annual Meeting decisions of 
the last 200 years. Those brethren showed good judgement 
regarding slavery, marriage situations, military involvement, and 
non- conformity, to mention just a few subjects. 

Many of the former decisions were the Brethren's attempt to 
interpret God's Word to apply to their present problems. Some 
seem irrelevant, out of place in our time. When evaluating the 
decisions regarding the telephone, automobile, electricity, and 
modern inventions in general, let us try to see the motives, 
setting, dangers, and warnings expressed. We need to be 
cautious regarding new methods or technology that affects our 
lifestyle. Our standard is God's Word, and we should draw 
practical conclusions for our own time. 

Regarding Old Testament Pentecost, it was one of three 
yearly feasts God directed His people to keep, fifty days (seven 
weeks and one day) after Passover. They were to offer "a new 
meat offering unto the Lord." The coming of the Holy Spirit on 
the day of Pentecost was the fulfilling of the symbolism of that 
Old Testament feast, a new meat offering. It is fitting (not 
obligatory) that we remember this event with a special meeting. 
We rejoice at the coming of the Holy Spirit of God-our 


Comforter, Interpreter, the One who brings to our 
remembrance the work of our Saviour for us. — L.C. 

"And every virtue we possess, 

And every virtue won, 

And every thought of holiness 

Are His and His alone." -Harriet Auber 


"Love for all and malice for none" is a statement that must 
become real in every Christian life. Love is the very nature of 
God that Christians are called to display every day of their lives. 

Scripture teaches that God is the Author of love. Those 
that do not love, do not know God. Because of His love for us, 
He sent His Son Jesus into the world, giving us an example to 
pattern our lives after. Jesus was ridiculed, beaten, and hung on 
a cross for sin. What greater love could be manifested? (I John 
4:7-12) As Christ expressed His love for the church through the 
cross, we as children of God should express our love through 
service to the church and our fellow man. I believe that love is 
the true test of a Christian's life. (I John 4:20,21) 

Malice being defined is the desire to cause injury or distress 
to another. Malice resides in the heart and may not always 
manifest itself with an outward appearance. Malice is the 
opposite of love. There is no way these two can reside 
simultaneously in the heart of man. 

A test for detecting malice may be to observe our children 
as they relate to others. 

Mere human love apart from Christ's redeeming presence 
and motivation falls short of love in its fullest dimension as a 
human response to God's perfect and infinite compassion. 

. . .Let us love one another, for love is of God. . . 

Shane Oberholzer, Goshen, Indiana 



/ Peter 2:1: "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all 
guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking . 

A woman one day came to her pastor. After she had spilled 
out a lot of words about another person, her pastor said, "I wish 
you wouldn't speak evil of others like this." She replied, Tm 
not speaking evil. I'm telling the truth!" "Yes," said the pastor, 
"if it were untrue God would call it lying. God calls it evil 
speaking. When we talk about others without a loving spirit it 
is evil speaking." 

Another person came to the preacher and said, "I have got 
so in the habit of exaggerating that my friends accuse me of 
exaggerating so that they don't understand me." He asked, 
"Can you help me? What can I do to overcome it?" 

"Well," he said, "the next time you catch yourself lying, go 
right to the person and say you have lied and tell him you are 
sorry. Say it is a he; stamp it out, root and branch; that is what 
you need to do." 

"Oh," he said, "I wouldn't like to call it lying." But that is 
what exaggeration is. 

From Spirit Fruit by John Drescher 
Selected by Betty Beery 


God gives a sweet eternal gift to thee~ 
A little child to lead thee heavenward; 
The clinging touch of fingers, satin soft, 
Reaches thy heart and lifts it up to God. 
God knows His gift will do the work He wills; 
He clasps the child knowing that mother hands 


Will cling forever round a baby form, 
And so both child and mother rest on God. 
For baby's sake be pure and undefiled; 
No false or foolish word, no angry tone 
Fall on the ears God formed to hear His voice; 
Thou must remember that this budding soul 
Will see her God in thee, and through thee-God. 
Thy hand caressing, helping, soothing her, 
Must do no Christless thing; a mothers hand 
Should be the saintliest hand in God's fair earth. 
A mother's feet should shine with holiness, 
For small soft echoing steps tread after hers; 
And, Oh! A mother's soul should radiant shine, 
Crowned with a halo of celestial fire. 
God has enriched her with the power to love, 
And love should steep and soften heart and life: 
A godlike love should prompt her daily rule; 
Not blind to faults, but loving through them all. 
And chastening, knowing that her holy Lord 
Would not allow sin to sully child of His. 
Solemn the mother's work, yet very sweet, 
To picture to her children-God in Christ. 

Eva L. Travers 
Selected by Tim and Serena Yoder 

Teach me, O Lord, to be sweet and gentle 
In all the events of life; in 
Disappointments, in the thoughtlessness 
Of others, in the insincerity of those 
I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those 
On whom I relied. Teach me to profit by 


The suffering that comes across my path. 
May no one be less good for having 
Come within my influence; no one less 
Pure, less true, less kind, less noble for 
Having been a fellow-traveler in our 
Journey toward eternal life. 

"I found this in one of the Bibles Susie Wagner kept at church. " 

Sent by Ina C. Martin 



"Therefore they that were scattered abroad went 
everywhere preaching the word. " (Acts 8:4) 

The Brethren who were ordered to leave Marienborn in 
1715 found refuge in Krefeld in the lower Rhine River area. 
Krefeld was another city more tolerant of religious dissenters. 
In the seventeenth century, Mennonites had fled there because 
of persecution. These Mennonites had brought with them the 
textile industry making Krefeld one of the most prosperous 
cities in Germany. The natives of Krefeld recognized the skill 
and business sense of these devout people. They were not only 
tolerated but given respect nearly equal to the accepted state 
church members. 

The migrating Brethren, being so similar to the respected 
Mennonites were welcomed in Krefeld. The friendly 
Mennonites followed the instructions of Romans 15:7, 
"Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to 
the glory of God. 1 ' Being uprooted from their homes in 
Marienborn, the Brethren needed help to resettle. Some of 
them had been newcomers to Marienborn and were forced to 
move the second time. Two of their number, Luke Vetter and 


Daniel Bitter, were on public relief Peter Becker and Martin 
Lucas were able to work at their trades (weaver and 
buttonmaker) but could not afford the four and one half 
Reichstaler to purchase citizenship rights. 

While the Brethren in Krefeld were poor in earthly goods, 
they were not lacking in faith. They vigorously shared the New 
Testament doctrines and made converts for Christ. Some of 
those they baptized were from the state churches. 

In their zeal to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, some 
Brethren made trips across the Rhine River to Solingen thirty- 
five miles southeast of Krefeld. Here they baptized six men and 
some women, members of the Reformed Church. These six 
known as the Solingen Brethren, were William Grahe, Jacob 
Grahe, Luther Stetius, John Lobach, William Knepper, and John 
Frederick Henkels. 

The Reformed Church was not pleased with this activity. 
On February 1, 1717, the six were arrested with their landlord 
John Carl, and taken to Dusseldorf Prison and then to the 
fortress of Julich where they were sentenced to hard labor and 
kept for nearly four years. Many years later, the youngest, 
William Grahe, wrote a detailed account of their experiences in 
prison. This long description of their ordeal was copied, 
published, and read frequently in Pietist meetings. You can 
read the account of their trials on pp. 241-268 of European 
Origins of the Brethren. 

The Brethren were in Krefeld four years (1715-1719). 
During this time, the active preaching of the Brethren produced 
many converts, and the congregation grew. "For after that in 
the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it 
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that 
believe." (I Cor. 1:21) John Naas and Christian Liebe from 
Epp stein were the ministers in charge, with Peter Becker and a 
young minister named Hocker assisting. — L.C. 



j LOIS MARION MOHLER was born on February 4, 1923, 

in Ripon, California, to Joseph I. and Weltha Marion (Upton) 

V Cover. She was their third child and oldest daughter. When 

she was still small, the family moved to Long Beach to live with 
Lois's maternal grandparents. After a few years they returned 
to the Modesto area where she lived the rest of her life. 

While attending high school, Lois met her fixture husband, 
Alex Shirk. They were married on July 15, 1942. They were 
the parents of four children: Glen, Dorothy, Doris, and Mary 

Recognizing their need of a Savior, Alex and Lois accepted 
the Lord and were baptized on December 8, 1942. They were 
members of the Old Brethren Church. Their home was known 
for its hospitality, and they often hosted dinners for family and 
friends. In later years, Daddy and Mama enjoyed several trips 
to the East, visiting friends they loved. Daddy and Mama 
worked together. For years she supported him in his job as a 
Dairy Herd Improvement Association supervisor and continued 
working in the office after he passed away on September 28, 

Mama was well known for her skill with a needle and 
sewing machine. She pieced and stitched many, many baby 
blankets for grandchildren, nephews, nieces, friends, and great 
grandchildren. Fond memories of Mama include her singing 
and reading to her children and grandchildren. She often would 

1 ask for a cup of tea with a twinkle in her eye. We remember 

her gentle spirit, her kind nature, and her sense of humor. 

^ Mama was blessed with two happy marriages. She married 

Dan Mohler on June 9, 1990. Dan and Mama enjoyed their 
short time (nearly six years) together, and we appreciated his 
role in her life. They were able to travel to the weddings of 


several grandchildren, and they looked forward to the birth of 
each great grandchild. 

Surviving are her four children and their spouses: Glen and 
Lois Shirk of Ripon, Dorothy and Hubert Moore of Hughson, 
Doris and Ken Moore of Hughson, and Mary Ann and Joe 
Fassler of Fortuna; fourteen grandchildren, and twenty-four 
great grandchildren. She also leaves four stepchildren: 
Suzanne and Durand Overholtzer of Modesto, Sharon and Roy 
Burrage of Modesto, Tom and Laurie Mohler of Ellensburg, 
Washington, and John and Barb Mohler of Ellensburg, 
Washington; twelve step grandchildren, and nineteen step great 
grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sister: 
Rudy and Esther Cover of Rip on, Chester and Lois Cover of 
Clovis, Anna and Don Either of West Covina, Joseph L. and 
Carol Cover of Tuolumne, and Leslie and Martha Cover of 
Tuolumne, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. 

Many of us here miss Mama already, but there are even 
more in heaven who are welcoming her home. 

Funeral services were held on May 3, 2004, at Salas 
Brothers Chapel with Elder Leslie Cover and Pastor Glen Shirk 
officiating. Committal followed at Wood Colony Cemetery, 
conducted by Elder Joseph L. Cover. We look forward to 
seeing Mama again in heaven some glad day. 

We would like to thank everyone who loved our mother and 
demonstrated that love by their kind service to her and her 

The Family 


In the early hours of morning 
'Mid the heavenly angel band 
Jesus whispered to my grandma 
As He gently took her hand, 


"Let's take a walk to heaven. 
Your prayers are heard today. 
Now the tears that stained the pages 
Of your life are wiped away." 

Joyfully she took His hand 

And left her bed of pain 

As they traveled through death's unseen door 

Where Christ forever reigns. 

Now she sees my grandpa waiting 
As she reaches heaven's shore 
And he gently takes her other hand 
To hold forevermore. 

Richard A. Moore 

April 28, 2004 


On April 3, 2004, the following official work was done in 
council for the Old Brethren Church held in Warren County, 

Brother Larry Cable was advanced to the second degree of 

Brother Stephen Beery was elected into the first degree of 
the ministry. 

Brother Michael Harris was elected to the office of deacon. 

These brethren all agreed to faithfully serve in their 
respective offices, and their wives, Sister Leanna, Sister Kim, 
and Sister Wanda, all promised to support their husbands and 
assist them in their labors in the Kingdom of God. 

May they all, with us, labor faithfully in the service of our 
Lord lesus Christ. 

Joseph L. Cover 



Joseph Royer Goshen, Indiana April 4 

Michael Skutches Tuolumne, California April 21 

God bless these new members as they live for Him., serving 
in His Kingdom. 

MOORE - A son, Trevin Richard, born April 23 to Richard and 
Nicole Moore of Oakdale, California. 

MARTIN - A son, Clyde Bennet, born April 25 to Kevin and 
Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 


Neal and Phyllis Basore 1821 Beethoven Way 

Modesto, CA 95358 
(209) 572-0344 

Ken Johnson's P.O. Box 372, 

Tuolumne, CA 95379 

Michael and Lynn Skutches 17625 Rt. 5 Rd. 

Sonora, CA 95370 
(209) 532-0484 

Larry and Celesta Stump 63791 CR 33 
and Dorcas Goshen, IN 46526 

(574) 642-4874 



How doth the little busy bee 
Improve each shining hour, 
And gather honey all the day 
From every opening flower! 

How skillfully she builds her cell! 
How neat she spreads the wax! 
And labors hard to store it well 
With the sweet food she makes. 

In works of labor or of skill 
I would be busy too; 
For Satan finds some mischief still 
For idle hands to do. 

In books or work or healthful play, 
Let my first years be passed, 
That I may give for every day 
Some good account at last. 

Isaac Watts 
From The Christian School Builder 


Your may think it is only a little thing, 
The smile that you wear on your face; 
But it ripples along like an unending song, 
Blessing many with comfort and grace. 


You may think it is oh, such a simple thing, 
That small act of kindness you do; 
But its current so strong can right many a wrong, 
By its generous unselfishness true. 

You may think it is just a common thing, 

To lift a dear brother in prayer; 

But encouragement sweet he in turn may repeat, 

And that strength with a multitude share. 

You may think it is only an unnoticed thing, 

Yet quietly give it your best! 

Friend, work while 'tis day, and give while you may, 

And God will take care of the rest. 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 


Jonathan Learns a Lesson 

It had been raining for several days, and five-year-old 
Jonathan Yoder was bored. 

"Will the rain never stop? 11 asked Jonathan. 

"We need to be thankful for what God gives us," replied 
Mother. "You can still be my sunshine and other people's, too. 
Why don't you color a picture for Aunt Rebecca?" Jonathan 
got out his crayons and began to color. Soon Mother said, "I 
believe I just saw the mail jeep pull away. I am going to get the 
mail. You be good." Mother went out, quietly pulling the door 
shut behind her. 

Jonathan soon tired of coloring. He began to play with his 
toys. He saw the blue ball he had received from Uncle Isaac for 
his fifth birthday. He remembered Mother's words, "Do not 


play with this ball inside. You may break something/ 1 she had 
finished with a smile. 

"But Mother is not here now," he thought to himself. He 
ran his hand over the smooth, cool surface. Surely one toss 
would not hurt. Jonathan gave the ball a little toss-not a very 
big one, but it was still disobeying. CRASH! The lamp fell 
from the lamp stand and shattered into many pieces. Jonathan 
wondered what to do. Just then Mother walked in. 

"Why Jonathan, what is the matter?" she asked. Then she 
saw the lamp. "Jonathan, did you play with your ball?" 

Jonathan replied, "Yes, Mother, I did." 

Taking his hand, Mother said, "Come to the bedroom; we 
must take care of this." There she lovingly spanked him. 

After the sobs quieted, Jonathan reached into his pocket. 
"Here is my birthday money. Will it help to buy a new lamp?" 
he asked. 

"Yes, son, it will. That's a brave little boy." 

Christian Savage 
Arcanum, Ohio 


Animals are very selfish. They take what they want when 
they want it, and rarely show any concern for what others want. 
For example, my rats will fight over a whole piece of bread, not 
willing to let others have a bite. Yet hours later, all have had 
their fill, and there is still half a piece of bread uneaten. They 
will also take food from their own babies, and not care at all if 
their whiskers get in their babies 1 eyes when they do it. 

Rats do take good care of their babies when they are tiny, 
and will even defend them from harm, but when baby rats are 
old enough to fend for themselves, the mother drives them 
away, or at least tries to, even if they are penned up together 

and can't leave! Now how would you feel if your mama treated 
you that way? 

People are selfish, too. In fact, we are bom selfish. The 
difference is that we are able to recognize when someone else is 
not happy, and we are able to care and choose not to be selfish. 
If we choose to be unselfish long enough, our unselfishness will 
become a good habit, and we will make friends easily. 

It is harder to be unselfish when we do not feel good. This 
is true even of rats. One time I put a rat in a smaller pen by 
herself to have her babies. She did not like that little pen, and 
begged to be let out. To make matters worse, she got some 
kind of lice on her, and that made her itch. In her frustration 
she chewed the top of her water bottle of£ soaking everything. 
Of course, I could not leave her in a soggy pen. Did she have 
that all figured out? I doubt it. But she did get what she 
wanted: a bigger pen. I could not afford to have her ruin any 
more water bottles! But was I happy with her? Of course not! 

Yes, it is harder to be unselfish when we are miserable, but 
we can be unselfish even then if we try. God has made us able 
to be unselfish, and He expects us to be unselfish. That is the 
best reason of all not to be selfish. 

Martha J. Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 


VOL. 51 JUNE. 2004 No. 6 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


I lay my sins on Jesus, 
The spotless Lamb of God; 
He bears them all, and frees us 
From the accursed load; 
I bring my guilt to Jesus, 
To wash my crimson stains 
White in His blood most precious, 
Till not a stain remains. 

I lay my wants on Jesus; 
All fullness dwells in Him; 
He healeth my diseases, 
He doth my soul redeem; 
I lay my griefs on Jesus, 
My burdens and my cares; 
He from them all releases, 
He all my sorrow shares. 

I long to be like Jesus, 
Meek, loving, lowly, mild; 
I long to be like Jesus, 
The Father's holy child; 
I long to be with Jesus 
Amid the heavenly throng, 
To sing with saints His praises, 
And learn the angels' song. 

Horatius Bonar, 1843 

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Fathers are big, big-hearted and big-boned— that is, to a 
small boy. My father was only of average size, but to me he 
was big—his hands, feet, and voice. We were quick to obey 
when he spoke, because he could also be big and strong to 
punish. He didn't need to punish often, for we knew it was 
there; he was consistent. 

Papa was of the "old school." Actually, the old school was 
the best school. The "new school" is permissive; my father was 
directive. The new school promotes original thinking; my father 
had something to teach. The new school says things are relative 
depending on circumstances; my father said things were right or 
wrong according to God's Word. 

To have been reared by an "old school" father is not 
something to brag about, but something to be very thankful for. 
We need to encourage fathers like that; it seems they are 
becoming scarce. 

Now we are having "studies" in childhood development and 
the duties (limitations) of parents. Certainly studies are not 
wrong, but it is so important that we come up with the right 
answers. If the answers are contrary to God's Word, there is 
something lacking in the study. 

Many of the Proverbs contain good advice for fathers. 
13:24 says, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that 
loveth him chasteneth him betimes." Some of the "studies" 
contradict this but do not change its truth. 

23:13,14 is even more specific: "Withhold not correction 
from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not 
die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul 
from hell." 


If the second passage is true, we can see the truth of the 
first: to fail to deliver a son from hell would indicate hatred, not 
love. Parents who will not chastise say it is because they love 
their children, but the Bible says otherwise. 

These Scriptures give no excuse for abuse. A big father has 
power over a small son, and if correction is not given in love, a 
child will suffer, not benefit. 

Paul was a big father to the Thessalonians, pointing them to 
the Heavenly Father. He wrote, "As ye know how we exhorted 
and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth 
his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath 
called you unto his kingdom and glory." 

To exhort and comfort and charge outlines the duties of a 

To exhort is to give warnings or advice. Children need 
exhortation by their fathers. They lack the experience of the 
older ones and deserve to be warned of dangers. My father 
once told us, "Boys, dorit get too familiar with that old buzz 
saw." He saw we were becoming careless in our work. Many 
times his warning has come back to me. 

Some Proverbs give advice to "my son." "My son, attend 
unto my wisdom. . ." "My son, forget not my law. . ." Fathers, 
study and draw on the wisdom of God's Word and your own 
experience obeying it. 

Children need comfort from their fathers. This is a cruel 
world, and Jesus calls us to Him for refuge. Papa and Mama 
had faults, Tm sure, but we knew they leaned on the Lord. 
Papa could pray when some of his other faculties were failing. I 
observed a godly father taking time, even on a busy mornings to 
pray for specific, individual needs of his children. What a 
comfort children feel when they know this. Children need to 
see Father and Mother taking comfort often in Christ. 

Children also profit from the charge of a godly father. 
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of 


life." Children respond to a charge. It shows the parents have 
confidence that the child will recognize the value and the trust 
given him. Paul's letters to Timothy are full of charges: Be 
strong; study; shun profane and vain babblings; let no man 
despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers; 
continue thou in the things which thou hast learned. 

We would encourage our good young fathers to make your 
own "study/ 1 a study of your duties, coming up with godly 
answers to help nurture your children. Our children had no 
choice about being born, and they deserve the best care. May 
we be big-hearted fathers and grandfathers, following Jesus first 
and calling our children also to follow Him. --L.C. 


"Well, Brother Ezra told me today that Virgil has cancer," 
Papa announced as we sat down to supper. 

"So that's the trouble?" Mama commented gently. "He's 
been so sick lately." 

My young mind reeled with troubling thoughts and 
questions. Virgil? Cancer? He was only seven, a year younger 
that I was. And people died of cancer! What if. . . ? The 
question hung dangling-unfinished. Doctors could do a lot. 
And momentarily the unpleasant thoughts were pushed aside. 

But the events of the following days frequently brought 
them back to my attention. And I puzzled: What did it all 

"Violet told me today Virgil is in the hospital," Mama 
shared with Papa about a week later. "Those treatments are so 
hard on hi m, poor boy! " 

"Why continue treatments," Mama wondered, "When 
they're not helping, and they make him so miserable?" 


"It doesn't make sense," Papa agreed. "I told Ezra, I'd be 
inclined to tell the doctors, 'It's my son, and I want his last days 
to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible,' and take him 
home to the family. He'd be happier there, anyway." 

Mama and Papa looked so sober. The reality of what was 
happening hit me with foil force. 

I thought about death a lot, those days. It was something 
strange and vague and uneasy to me. I had never come into 
close contact with the reality of it. Mama had taught me that 
believers and young children who die are safe in heaven with 

The thing that puzzled me was the way some people had 
acted at the one funeral I had been to. "Granny Reed," as she 
was fondly called, was loved and respected by many of the 
community folks, and her funeral had been well attended. The 
loud weeping and wild, uncontrolled wailing I had heard there 
was deeply engraved on my memory. 

I was too small to see up into her casket, and no one had 
lifted me, so it had all seemed kind of weird and unreal to me. 
Afterwards I had asked Mama about the high-pitched wails. 
She explained that some of Granny Reed's relatives did not 
know the Lord, and to them death was dark and frightening. 

Now I wondered: How would our neighbors act when 
Virgil died? I knew Ezra and Violet were Christians, and of 
course they wouldn't wail. Would they be sad and forlorn and 
dreary? How could anyone help feeling that way if one of their 
family died? 

And I kept hearing bits and snatches of conversation. 
Virgil's parents had brought him home. And one day Violet 
told Mama, "Yesterday, Virgil wanted to go to school, so we 
let him. Today he went again but only stayed till noon and 
came home tired out." 


Another day Violet took him along to neighbor Alta's for 
lunch, and he seemed to enjoy it. Through it all, Violet 
remained sweet and cheery. And that puzzled me. 

Then one day the phone rang, and it was Violet. Mama's 
expression grew tender as they talked, and when they were 
finished she turned to me. "Virgil's gone," she told me softly. 
"He died around noon today. Yesterday he couldn't keep his 
food down, and today he passed away." Mama's face was sad, 
yet serene. But, I reasoned, Virgil was Violet's son, not 
Mama's. Mama was sympathetic, of course, but it wasn't the 
same as losing her own child. 

I went to the bedroom window at the far end of the house 
and watched the driveway next door. Soon the big black hearse 
pulled in. Men loaded the small body into the car and drove 
away. Virgil was gone. 

Early the next morning, I stood near the front fence, waiting 
for Nora. Nora was the older lady who lived in the house on 
the other side of Ezra's, and she always walked past our place 
on her way to work. Her eyes were keen and bright, and she 
would say, "Hi, Suh-sahnnah!" with her strong German accent. 
I liked Nora. 

But this morning Nora's eyes were soft, and she took me 
gently by the hand. "Come, let's go see Virgil. They have him 
home now." 

Wonderingly, I followed her up the steps and across the 
porch of Ezra's house. Quietly she opened the door and led me 
into the long, sunny living room 
And there was Virgil. 

Nora lifted me up so I could see and let me look on for a 
long while. No one else was in the room-just Nora and Virgil 
and me. But Virgil wasn't really there. His silent form lay in 
peaceftd slumber in the dark, little box, perfectly still and 
lifeless. I had never been so close to a dead person before, but 


now I felt no terror, with Nora's quiet composure, secure in her 

Finally she set me down and led the way to the kitchen. The 
girls were washing dishes, and . . .singing! Composed, trusting, 
even cheerful! This was new to me. I watched their radiant 
faces in silent wonder. I knew they were a very loving, close- 
knit family. How could they sing, so peacefully when their 
brother had just died? 

Nora and Violet visited a little while, but for me, time stood 
still. I saw nothing, heard nothing but the sweet, confiding 
voices of those radiant girls singing. The wonder of it is with 
me still. 

I followed Nora back to my yard, and when she had gone I 
ran to tell Mama, "Mama, Nancy and Darlene and Marilyn were 
singing! How can they sing when their brother just died? They 
were happy! How can they be happy right now?" 

Mama sat down and drew me gently into her lap. "Susanna, 
that family knows the Lord! They know they can trust Him to 
choose what is best; that whatever He allows is for a purpose. 
And they know their little brother is safe with Jesus. I'm sure 
they will miss Virgil, but they find peace and rest in accepting 
what God has allowed." 

As I write this now, I still clearly remember the shining life 
and testimony of that dear family. Only God knows the impact 
for good they made on my life, and I pray that I may learn, like 
them, to honor God, no matter what the circumstance! 

Dear friends, you may never know how much some hungry- 
hearted child is soaking up your life and example. If you are 
faithful, your efforts will be worthwhile! 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

A day without prayer is a day without blessing. Selected 



The following account is of the baptism of my father, 
Joseph I. Cover, written by his brother, Uncle James. The 
setting is Michigan and the date 1907. —L. C. 

We were taught in our home never to speak lightly of 
sacred things. The seriousness of baptism was impressed on us 
early in life. Baptisms were high spots in church life: a time for 
uniting of hearts and reaffirmation of faith. All who could, 
went, of course. Usually it took place in some pasture in a 
stream or lake. This time, the Lord being merciful, had shown 
our brother Joseph (the oldest of seven children) his need of a 
Saviour, and this was the day of his baptism. 

He had wept as he confessed his need in the "family 
worship" circle. As I (his junior by eight years) had always 
idolized him as my "big brother," I could not understand why he 
thought that he was so bad. I had always thought otherwise. 

A small boy's admiration of big brother always watched and 
was ready for encouragement. When he was chosen to stack 
straw at the end of the old time thresher, the small boy was no 
doubt the more proud of the two. When the straw carrier broke 
and big brother called them to stop, and one of the men said, 
"Bless the boy," it seemed wonderful to have such an important 

Then there were cold nights when we laid "spoon-fashion" 
in bed to keep warm. Here I was drilled in the alphabet and 
later in the multiplication tables. Our papa liked to see us 
together and planned accordingly. Big brother cut the wood, I 
carried it in; he led the animals to water while I pumped; I drove 
for him while he cultivated. He was always a ready doctor for 
all my small ills. 


Sitting in the family circle while he wept, we children all felt 
"shook up" inside. I'm sure we all felt the same. If he had 
sinned, how about us? However, we were all praying children 
(We prayed at bedtime, kneeling at our beds, each taking turns 
according to age, repeating the time-honored prayer of 
childhood, "Now I lay me down to sleep. . ."), and did not 
question matters we felt were the concern of our parents. A 
sweet sacredness settled upon our home. 

Out church group was admittedly strict. We knew 
something of the past struggles to get away from infant 
baptism. The brethren would ask the applicant for baptism, "Is 
this your choice?" The church rules were given and accepted. 
Individual and group responsibilities were taken on as a matter 
of course. 

We children instinctively grew in his experience. We knew 
his sincerity. He was starting his manhood in open acceptance 
of the Christian faith, with the Bible as the inspired Word of 
God; knowing too he was setting an example for the rest of us. 

There is nothing quite like Christian baptism outdoors in a 
flowing stream. We who have had this experience should be 
truly thankful. Of course all who have taken this step of faith in 
following their Lord should treasure those precious moments 
associated with their first love and obedience to Christ. 

Someone had to go ahead to open and close the gate, where 
we left the road to follow some old half-forgotten trail through 
the bushes. Clouds of mosquitos awaited in the shadows, and 
one tried to tie his horse in the sunlight. Turtles and frogs 
blissfully sunning on the river bank and fallen logs promptly 
dived into the depths below. Noisy birds quieted to watch from 
some aerial perch. Grazing cows kept a respectful distance, the 
bells on their necks telling their whereabouts; a distant dog's 
bark showed he knew something unusual was happening. Small 
boys looked for flat stones to skip on the water, but were 
quickly restrained. 


There was singing, perhaps the old favorite: 

"In all my Lord's appointed ways 

My journey I'll pursue. 

Hinder me not, ye much loved saints, 

For I must go with you." 
Portions of Matthew 18 were read and commented upon and 
then all knelt in prayer "down by the riverside." The baptizer 
first waded in to find a suitable place, pushing in a stick to mark 
the place. The applicant was then immersed according to Bible 

There were tears of joy and fond embraces on the shore of 
the river. Time seemed to stand still as eternity's values were 
"written with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever. " The die 
was cast and there was no turning back. Happy hearts rejoiced 
with the angels in heaven. 

There is joy among the angels, 

And their harps with gladness ring 

When a sinner comes, repenting, 

Bending low before the King. 
Tiny water skaters, their thread-like knees akimbo, came 
back to glide over the sacred spot. Wild things resumed their 
daily activities. Soon the last buggy left, and there was nothing 
to show we had been there but our tracks on the shore. 

In much appreciation, James D. Cover 

From Michigan Memories 

We wish to thank you for your love and support over 
Isaiah's recent surgery. The hospital visits, prayers, and food 
were very much appreciated. He is back to normal health again. 
God is good. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

Matthew and Sarah Martin and Family 



John Nass 

Martin Grove Brumbaugh in his History of the Brethren 
writes of John Nass: "Among the great preachers of the church 
in Germany, the name of John Nass stands equal to the best. 
Naas was, next to Mack, the most influential and successful 
defender of the faith." 

John Nass was born in 1670 in Germany and was married 
twice. He had a daughter by his first wife. When his wife died, 
he married again and had a second daughter (who was married 
to William Grahe at Krefeld) and a son Jacob Wilhelm. 

At Krefeld a sad incident occurred that was perhaps the 
reason behind the first Brethren migration to the New World. 
The young minister Hocker married a daughter of a Mennonite 
preacher, but she was not a member. Christian Liebe and four 
single brethren disfellowshipped Hocker. John Nass, who was 
in charge with Liebe, objected to this severe action, thinking he 
should only have been set back from Communion. The sharp 
contention between them divided the Krefeld congregation 

Shortly after the quarrel, Peter Becker and about twenty 
families made plans to sail to Pennsylvania. People in Krefeld 
had knowledge of the new colony of Pennsylvania since the first 
migration of Mennonites to Philadelphia had been from Krefeld. 
In 1683 thirteen Mennonite and Quaker families had gone to 
Pennsylvania and founded Germantown near Philadelphia where 
many German families received land from William Penn. 
(Germantown, where the first Brethren Church and the first 
Mennonite Church in America were built, is now completely 
surrounded by Philadelphia.) 

The controversy at Krefeld had tragic consequences. John 
Naas left the area, and the congregation under the leadership of 
Christian Liebe deteriorated. The remaining members scattered 



to join other groups. Elder Naas reported that about one 
hundred people of Krefeld who were considering baptism were 
turned away by the conflict. Minister Hocker, feeling 
responsible for all that had happened, became ill and soon died. 
Liebe eventually left the Brethren, married outside the church 
against his own principles, and became a wine merchant. Such 
are the devices of the crafty adversary of God. 

We can receive instruction from the positive actions of the 
Brethren as well as from their conflicts. "Let us therefore 
follow after the things which make for peace, and things 
wherewith one may edify another.' 1 (Romans 14:19) — L.C. 


James Cooper May 26 677 D Walter Way 

Warsaw, IN 46580 

God bless this dear brother to be faithful as he lives for Christ. 

HILTY - A son, Cyrus Allen, born June 1 to Allen and Carletta 
Hilty of New Madison, Ohio. 

Zachary Royer and Dorcas Stalter were married April 24 near 
Wakarusa, Indiana. New address: 28746 County Road 46 

Nappanee, IN 46550 
(574) 862-3909 


Still as of old 

Men by themselves are priced. 
For thirty pieces Judas sold 
Himself, not Christ 


FOR YOUTH Misplaced Treasure 

John looked at the roll of bills in his hand. Hard-earned 
money. Save it— that is what he'd do. No, not in the bank; John 
did not trust banks. He did not trust his neighbors either. But 
John had an idea. Pulling a chair to the middle of the room, he 
climbed up and loosened the light fixture. He carefiiUy rolled 
the bills, placed them in a plastic bag, tied it shut, stuffed it into 
the hole, and replaced the fixture. The cool, dry space between 
the ceiling and the flat roof should be just the place. 

Some time later, John wanted his money. No problem. Out 
came the light fixture screws, and John reached into the cool 
blackness. Where. . .? John had not reckoned with the rats! 
Bills make nice nesting material and are good to chew on. By 
taking down some of his ceiling, John was able to rescue most 
of his money. 

John's experience reminds us of the words of Jesus: "Lay 
not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust 
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor 
steal." (Matt. 6:19,20) 

What is Jesus telling us? Is He concerned that we find a 
good storage place for our money so that someone will not pick 
our pocket, or so some insect or rodent will not destroy it? 

No. Jesus is teaching us something much more profound. 
He wants us to understand how fickle earthly riches are. He 
wants us to "seek. . .first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness." He wants our first concern to be getting right 
with God and living a righteous life so that God can bless us 
with an eternal home in heaven. That is what laying up 
treasure in heaven means. 

So many people spend the best of their life working to build 
"financial security." Their idea of a rosy future might include 
sitting by the swimming pool, the sight of the 


Mercedes in the driveway, and plenty laid away in the bank. 
But the time will come— and very soon it will be— when we will 
all understand how insecure the "security" of these earthly 
treasures really is. Their supposed value will pale and disappear 
when we stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The earth 
and all things that are in it will burn up. And Christ Jesus will 
judge every one of us and send us to one of two places: to 
heaven or to heE. In that day, the only thing that will matter is 
whether we have met God's provisions for salvation. 

Friend, John misplaced his treasure and was surprised, but 
lost little. Many today are laying up treasure in the wrong 
place. They will be taken by surprise on the Judgment Day, and 
will suffer indescribable loss. So take warning and start laying 
up treasure in heaven. That treasure will be secure and eternal. 

By Kelvin Mast 
The Christian Example, March 7, 2004 


If you can't be a pine 

On top of a hill, 

Be a scrub in the valley, but be 

The best little scrub by the side of the rill; 

Be a bush if you can't be a tree. 

If you can't be a bush, 

Be a bit of grass; 

Some highway happier make. 

If you can't be a muskie, then just be a bass, 

But the liveliest bass in the lake! 

We can't all be captains— 
We've got to be crew. 


There's something for all of us here. 

There's big work and little work, old work and new, 

And the task we must do is the near. 

If you can't be a highway, 

Then just be a trail; 

If you can't be the Sim, be a star. 

It isn't by size that you win or you fail; 

Be the best of whatever you are. 

Douglas Malloch 
Selected by Joy Royer 



Are you afraid of big animals? Would you be afraid of an 
elephant? I know I would be afraid if one got too close. I am 
even a little afraid of a cow. Some of you probably think that is 
funny because you are littler than I am, and you are not afraid of 

An elephant is much bigger than a cow. Eighty people your 
size would probably not weigh as much as one big elephant. In 
some countries, elephants work for people. There are probably 
children just your age who are at least not very afraid of their 

You have probably played with kittens before. You are 
much bigger than a kitten, yet many kittens like to play with 
children. There are also some kittens who are afraid of children 
and try to run away. Imagine you are a kitten. Would you be 
afraid of a child who was so very much bigger than you? 

I am over two hundred times bigger than my rats, yet they 
like to play with me. They would be afraid of you, though, at 
least at first, even if you are a lot smaller than me. 

What makes the difference? The answer is trust. You trust 
the cows not to hurt you, or you do not want to go into the pen 
with them. People trust their elephants, or they do not get too 
close. Kittens trust you, or they will run away. My rats trust 
me, or they would be very afraid of me. 

If you are kind to an animal, it will usually learn to trust you 
and even come to you for protection. One time a duck that was 
not all that tame, jumped into my daddy's arms to get away 
from a dog! 

If you are mean to an animal, it will not trust you. You 
would not trust it either, because it might try to hurt you. 

God is bigger than any animal, but He will not hurt you, 
even by accident, and He is big enough to protect you no matter 
what happens. I hope you want to be with Him all the time. 
That is what He wants. You can trust Him, and I hope you 
always will. 

Martha J. Wagner 




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VOL. 51 JULY, 2004 No. 7 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


There's a fountain free, 'tis for you and me; 
Let us haste, O haste to the brink; 
'Tis a fount of love from the Source above, 
And He bids us all freely drink. 

There's a living stream with a crystal gleam; 
From the throne of life now it flows; 
While the waters roll, let the weary soul 
Hear the call that forth freely goes. 

There's a living well and its waters swell, 
And eternal life they can give; 
And we joyful sing, ever spring, O spring, 
As we haste to drink and to live. 

There's a rock that's cleft and no soul is left, 
That may not its pure waters share; 
"Tis for you and me, and its stream I see; 
Let us hasten joyfully there. 

Mary B.C. Slade, 1826-1882 
From the Christian Hymnal 

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We buy plastic flower pots "unpunched," that is, without 
holes for the wire hangers. To make them into hanging pots we 
heat an ice pick and punch three holes near the rim. (Even so 
can God change us to make us more useM to Him.) The ice 
pick must be hot enough to melt a hole in the plastic. We too 
sometimes need to go through some heat and pain to fit us for 
the place God designs for us. Paul in II Timothy 3 listed some 
of the afflictions he endured and then wrote, "Yea, and all that 
will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 

Why should this be? Does not God want us to enjoy life 
here? Yes, but not at the expense of our faith. Satan opposes 
God and all God's people. There is a war on. 
Hark! the onset! will ye fold your 
Faith-clad arms in lazy lock? 
Up oh, up! thou drowsy soldier; 
Worlds are charging to the shock 

Again, Paul to Timothy: "Thou therefore endure hardness, 
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." People are willing to do 
strenuous exercise to gain physical strength. Men are 
recognized for denying self to rescue someone in a burning car 
or building. If they are injured in the effort, it makes the deed 
even more heroic. 

For our encouragement, let us study the examples of those 
who gave up their wills to God and how He filled them, 
changed them, and marked them for Him; 

Gideon professed he was "the least in my father's house." 
But God made him strong, bold, and obedient in battle. Moses 
claimed to be slow of speech-unable to go to Pharaoh. Please 
send someone else. But God used him like few in history. 


Jeremiah too said, "Ah, Lord God! behold I cannot speak: 
for I am a child." God replied, "Say not, I am a child: for thou 
shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command 
thee thou shalt speak." 

God told Ezekiel, "Behold, I have made thy face strong 
against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their 
foreheads. As an adamant harder that flint have I made thy 
forehead: fear them not . ." 

Amos said, "I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son. 
. . And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord 
said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel. Now 
therefore hear thou the word of the Lord. . ." 

Speaking of the prophets in Spirit of the Living God, Leon 
Morris wrote, "Their inspired words are not the fruits of their 
brooding over the situation and then giving their verdict. They 
are the product of a divine activity. They result from the work 
of the Spirit of God within the servants of God." II Peter 1:21 
confirms this: "For the prophecy came not in old time by the 
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by 
the Holy Ghost." Only when we yield to His remodeling and 
moving can we be useftd to God. 

Paul was a marked man. He wrote, "From henceforth let no 
man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord 

Under the law a Hebrew servant was to be freed the seventh 
year of service. But if the servant loved his master and his 
family and resolved not to go free, then "his master shall bore 
his ear through with an axil; and he shall serve him for ever." 
Can this happen today? How does God change us, fit us, and 
mark us as His own? Is it not by His Holy Spirit? Paul's marks 
were probably scars he had received in persecution as a 
Christian. (Read what he suffered in II Cor. 11:23-33) But we 
can bear the image of Christ when we are filled with His Spirit. 


One of the marks is love for one another. Jesus said that by 
this love "shall all men know that ye are my disciples." When 
we lack this love, we are not properly identified no matter how 
we appear physically. All the fruits of the Spirit are marks- 
proof that we are disciples of Jesus. 

Recently a sheriffs deputy was killed in his car as he sped to 
Columbia Airport where a plane had crashed killin g the two 
inside. Sometimes efforts in the line of duty are not successftd 
no matter how good our intentions are. But may we be that 
serious about our life in Christ—enough that we will be 
changed, filled, marked, identified, whether or not we seem to 
succeed. One of my father's favorite verses was Phil. 2:13: 
"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of 
his good pleasure." — L.C. 


After our recent Annual Meeting, I had a discussion with a 
brother who had a concern for the direction of the church. 

As in most of our recent Annual Meetings, the "Principles 
and Fundamentals of Belief as observed and understood by the 
Old Brethren Church" was read on council day. In that 
statement it says, "We believe that Biblical nonconformity to the 
world is an essential doctrine. A plain garb, anciently adopted 
by the church becomes our humble profession as soldiers of 
King Emmanuel." This brother's point was, do we really hold 
to the statement, or do we just say we believe it and then 
disregard it in our lives? 

This statement goes on to say, "Nonconformity will direct 
and influence our relation to customs, business transactions, 
amusements, and recreation. Nonconformity is a guard against 
pride, fashions, extravagance, intemperance, and popularity." 
True nonconformity to the world must affect all areas of our 
lives: our vehicles, homes, businesses, recreation. We need to 


ask, are our lives manifesting nonconformity to the world we 
live in? True conformity to Christ should demonstrate that 
Christ's ways and the world's ways are opposites. 

One of the defining issues in nonconformity of the Brethren, 
as well as other plain groups, has been plainness and uniformity 
of dress. For simplicity's sake, let's concentrate on that aspect 
of nonconformity. Any member taken into the Old Brethren 
Church is asked if he is in agreement with the order of the 
church in regard to the New Testament doctrine of 
nonconformity to the world. This brother's point was that we 
all agree to uphold this doctrine. Yet, especially among some 
of the younger brethren's daily lives, it is largely disregarded. 

The Old Brethren have never been very detailed in laying 
out the order that has been accepted and expected, and there 
has always been some variation. So maybe there is some 
question about what is actually meant by this "plain garb." 
There are plenty of places in our history where it is described, 
but probably the best way to understand is to look at examples. 
Brother Dan Wolf published an article entitled "Christian 
Witness in Attire." In my opinion, it is a well balanced 
discourse on this subject, and I highly recommend that all the 
brethren read it. In it he asks, "What do we wish to express? 
Ourselves or Christ? Our own individuality or the fellowship 
and unity of the Body of Christ?" He also writes, "The 
traditional 'order 1 of the Brethren Church is intended to meet the 
Scriptural requirements for Christian apparel, and if observed in 
its true spirit, will do so." In conclusion he says, "The 
Brethren's order of clothes, in its true meaning and purpose 
cannot be worn as a 'sacrifice' or unwillingly. But it is a radical 
step in the affirmative to signify to all who see us, that a definite 
decision has been made to sever our relationship with the world 
and service to its vanities and goals, and to conform to Christ 
and service in His church." Very good teaching, but best of all, 
for those of us who remember Brother Dan, was his personal 


witness in attire. He was unmistakably old order Brethren 
seven days a week. 

There seems to be a digression in this "area of dress" in the 
Old Brethren Church, and no doubt, it is partly my fault. In 
each of the charges given in the three degrees of the ministry, I 
was asked if I would uphold this order of the Brethren. In the 
"charge to elders" it asked if I would accept the office and 
responsibilities which the church now proposes to place upon 
me, and promise to earnestly contend for the faith and practice 
of the general brotherhood in plainness of dress and Biblical 
non-resistance and non- conformity to the world. May the Lord 
help me be more diligent in fiilfiHing my duties and vows with 
teaching, but most of all with example in this area. 

This brother I was talking to said that much of Christianity 
looks at this area of dress as a nonessential, or a small, 
unimportant issue. "But surely," he said, "honesty is essential, 
and if we no longer believe these things, let's stop saying we 
do!" I believe he has a point. Solomon says, (Eccl. 5:5) 
"Better it is that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou 
shouldest vow and not pay." Of course, the best option, I 
believe, would be to pay. Eccl. 5:4: "When thou vowest a vow 
unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: 
pay that which thou hast vowed." I for one, would hate to see 
us change the way we say we believe in this area of dress. I 
believe it is more than just an insignificant area, and that it has a 
profound affect on people's lives, making it a good vow to 
make. Distinctive attire serves as a deterrent to temptation. 
Num. 15:39: ". . .that ye may look upon it, and remember all 
the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek 
not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye 
used to go a-whoring:" It helps us realize who we are when 
temptation is strong. My prayer would be that we be more 
diligent in living daily this doctrine we say we believe. 

In Christian love, Neil Martin, New Paris, Indiana 



I remember looking out the window. There, reaching from 
heaven down to the earth through a lighted mist and cloud, was 
a stairway. It must be true—the news we'd heard that Jesus had 
come! I thought of dreams I had of His return, how I would 
fear, thinking of the time of judgment and my own 
unworthiness to stand because of sin and pride. But I didn't 
want to fear, and I told the family, "Let's invite Him to 
supper!" Surprisingly, when He was found and invited, it 
suited Him to come! Soon He was arriving with Daniel, and 
with the children around Him. I don't remember wondering, 
"What shall I have for supper? " Only I wanted to have a cup 
of coffee ready to offer. As I met Him and looked into His face 
so kind and full of friendship, adoration and worship for Him 
filled me. What love and warmth glowed in our home while He 
was with us! My only desire was to love and serve. I wondered 
why I felt otherwise at times and felt sorry I had. He didn't 
stay long, not even for the meal as first planned and which I 
don't recall ever getting prepared, but we enjoyed our time 
together. But though His stay was short, the taste of His 
Presence left a sweetness in me that I thought upon a lot 

Yes, it was a dream. I wondered if it came to me partly 
from the happenings of the evening before. We had gone to 
help sing for Clara Gunderman, a Dunkard Brethren sister who 
is 101 years old. As I sat near her side and sang the beautiful 
hymns, I thought how these were words she had lived long 
enough to have tried and found true in her life. Our spirits 
seemed to blend in one, and I anticipated the time in heaven 
where we together could run free in perfect happiness and with 
no fleshly limitations like old age had brought to her. Love 
seems to shine from her. As she greeted the children she would 
say, "Jesus loves the little children of the world." She has many 


hours alone and without much activity because she is nearly 
blind. Yet she is not alone, for she has Jesus as her Best Friend. 
How God must fill her heart with Light and Love as she 
communes with Him! Later I spoke to Daniel how the quiet, 
uninterrupted time she has, looked somewhat inviting in our 
time of pressing duties. But we can easily imagine that 
temptations for her are not over yet. Satan is no doubt there at 
times tempting with thoughts of self-pity, discouragement, 
unthankfulness. . . Still she has a testimony of victory and is an 
inspiration to us. 

As I have thought on my dream, a verse that came to mind 
was ", . .Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of 
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 1 ' (Mt. 25:40) Do I 
realize this truth while serving my own family and others? 
Surely the joy is fuller and the blessing richer when we serve as 
unto Christ. And it is sobering to know when we don f t lovingly 
serve others we are treating Christ that way too. 

Another verse coming to mind is Rev 3:20: "Behold, I 
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and 
open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and 
he with me." Of our own self we are, yes, unworthy of Him. 
We cannot measure up to His standard of holiness on our own 
merit. But when we, with faith in Him, invite Him to come in, 
He can by His own shed blood cleanse our hearts and fill them 
with Light and Love. We can have fellowship with Him! John 
14:23 tells how: ". . .If a man love me, he will keep my words: 
and my Father will love Him, and we will come unto him, and 
make our abode with him." Don't we prove our love and 
invitation to Him by obedience, keeping His words? Surely as 
we grow in His love and obedience and as we fellowship with 
Him, our fear of His judgment is overcome. 

After my dream as I faced the new day, I was inspired anew 
to have our home be a home of service and love as in my 
dream. But the day was hardly begun until I was faced with 


a disobedient child. I was no longer in a dream world! In 
reality, I knew Satan is trying yet to destroy God's Kingdom of 
Love. I realized if our home is to be a part of Christ's 
Kingdom, it would need to be taught and worked for. We as 
parents are responsible to bring up and nurture our children, not 
allowing the things that would offend, like disobedience, 
selfishness, unkindness, and unthankfulness. In not so long a 
time, the battle was in my very own heart. We teach best by 
example. How we need His Spirit filling us more! We are 
weak, but He is strong. 

The following Sunday we heard a lesson I thought related 
so well. The subject was Having the Testimony of Christ's 
Kingdom. We need more than words; we need actions that 
show His holiness, love, joy, and all that belongs to the 
Kingdom of Heaven. And without a vision of what it is, how 
can we hope to attain to it? My dream was like another glimpse 
or taste of what the fullness of Christ in our lives can be. 
Someday if we are faithful we'll know the dream in reality- 
living with Christ! Now we will strive for it and enjoy it in part 
as His Spirit dwells within us and Satan's temptations are 
overcome. We sang a verse of song I think fits so well: 

Oh, what a blessed hope is ours! 

While here on earth we stay, 

We more than taste the heavenly powers 

And antedate that day. 

Miriam Beery, Goshen, Indiana 


Are you passing through a testing? 
Is your pillow wet with tears? 
Do you wonder what the reason- 
Why it seems God never hears? 
Why it is you have no answer 
To your oft-repeated plea? 


Why the Heaven still is leaden 
As you wait on bended knee? 

Do you wonder as you suffer, 
Whether God does understand; 
And if so, why He ignores you, 
Fails to hold you in His hand? 
Do black clouds creep in, assail you, 
Fears without, and fears within, 
Till the brave heart almost falters 
And gives way to deadly sin? 

All God's testings have a purpose- 
Some day you will see the light; 
All He asks is that you trust Him, 
Walk by faith and not by sight. 
Do not fear when clouds beset you; 
And remember-He is near; 
He will never, never leave you-- 
He will always, always hear. 

Faithful is He who has promised; 
He will never let you fall; 
Daily will the strength be given- 
Strength for each and strength for all. 
He will gladly share pain with you; 
He will gladly give you peace 
Till your tired and weary body 
Finds its blessed, glad release. 

When the darkened veil is lifted, 
Then, dear heart, you'll understand 
Why it is you had to suffer, 
Why you could not feel His hand- 
Giving strength when it was needed, 
Giving power and peace within, 
Giving joy through tears and trials, 
Giving victory over sin. 


So till then just keep on trusting 
Through the sunshine and the rain; 
Through the tears and through the heartaches, 
Through the smiles and through the pain- 
Knowing that our Father watches, 
Knowing daily strength He'll give, 
Victory for each passing hour— 
This is life, so let us live! 

John E. Zoller 
Selected by Everett and Nancy Oyler 

PERSONAL PROFILE: Harold and Mary Ellen 

Harold was bom on January 3, 1925, at Rossville, Indiana, 
to Henry and Dora (Metzger) Royer, and is the eldest of three 
sons: Harold, Dale and Artus. The family eventually moved to 
the Goshen area where they were with a horse and buggy 
group. Later Harold joined the Old Brethren and Dale the Old 
German Baptists. 

Mary Ellen was born on May 25, 1924, at Ripon, California, 
to Samuel and Anna (Morgan) Bowman. Her siblings were 
Irene, James, Herman, Ruth and, seven years later, Mary Ellen. 
Only the two youngest are still living. Her father died when 
Mary Ellen was twenty, and she went to work in the dry yards 
cutting fruit, doing housework, and at a hospital as a house 

Of course, there was some visiting back and forth between 
the East and West just like we do today, only then you went by 
reliable trains or not- so-reliable cars. Mary Ellen was visiting in 
Indiana when she first met Harold briefly. She also remembers 
how impressed she was with the big red bams in the East. 

Sometime after that, Harold spent a year in Modesto at the 
home of Daniel Wagner's parents, and worked at the dry yards 
and then other miscellaneous jobs where he met and worked 


with Donald Kline and Ms sister Myrna (Dutter.) He 
remembers them as being quiet and kind to everyone. 

He began to visit Mary Ellen at this time, and after he went 
hack home, returned for a second visit accompanied by his 
parents. The next time he made the trip was to their wedding 
on April 2, 1950. This time he had an accident on the way and 
had to buy a new car which was a surprise to Mary Ellen 
because he didn't tell her about the accident until he arrived in 
California. She was even more surprised to find out he had 
some broken ribs! 

Harold grew up on a farm, but was always fascinated with 
mechanical things. Eventually it led to his building his own 
machine shop where he did meticulous work for twenty years. 
The shop was destroyed by the Palm Sunday Tornado in 1965, 
but was rebuilt, and the following year they moved to the farm 
with their family of four children: Tim, David, Janice, and Paul. 

The boys grew up with a love for farming, so Harold sold 
the shop and built a machine-farm shop at home where he has 
enjoyed doing repair work for the boys, making parts, and 
watching their twenty- one grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren grow up. 

Harold and Mary Ellen were elected to the deacon's office 
in 1972 where they have faithfully served the Old Brethren since 

The Family of Harold and Mary Ellen Royer 

Craig Royer, Adrian Royer, Mcah Martin, and Brenton Royer 
Baptized in Goshen on June 13 
May God bless these young brethren as they live for Jesus 
and serve in the Kingdom. 

A man without patience is like a car without brakes. —Selected 



The Unseen Watcher 

A lighthouse keeper, when on duty one night, fell asleep and 
awoke to find the machinery for causing the light to revolve had 
run down for at least half an hour. The lamp burned as brightly, 
the reflectors shone as brilliantly as when his eyes first closed, 
but the clockwork had run down and obviously as he swiftly 
calculated, for a noticeable space. He leaped to the crank and 
began to wind as if for life itself. The machinery was 
immediately re- started, and the little wheels which bore so 
smoothly the enormous weight of the lamp and the reflectors, 
revolved again. But there was no more sleep for him who had 
slumbered at the post. It is true that, as he peered into the 
night, he could not detect the lights of a single vessel in the 
Channel. None the less was he sure that someone on land or 
sea must have detected his fault. 

But when the next morning passed without reprimand, 
instead of writing up the lighthouse log, and so inscribing a 
record of his fault, he deferred the duty on one excuse and 
another. As the second day passed without criticism, a half- 
formed resolution was strengthened, and on the third day he 
boldly wrote up the log for the evening, but omitted all mention 
of the minutes of slumber and his failure in duty. The days 
swiftly broadened into weeks. "I am safe," he cried. And, 
indeed as the months passed on, the incident began to fade from 
his memory. 

Four months after this night, a captain of a P.& O. steamer, 
just returned from an Australian voyage, sat at a public dinner 
next to an official of the Trinity House, which has charge of the 
lighthouses of the English Coast, As the conversation lulled a 
little, and the courses of the meal dragged their slow length, the 
captain looked up and said, "By the way, when did your people 


make Stony Cliff a fixed light?" "Stony Cliff a fixed light," 
replied Ms companion. "You are dreaming. It always has been 
and still is a revolving light." "Well," said the captain, "when I 
took my steamer down the Channel four months ago, I passed 
Stony Cliff at two in the morning: the light was fixed, and I can 
bring witnesses to prove it." "Ah,—," said the official, as light 
dawned on him, "will you be good enough to give me the date 
and hour on which you passed?" The captain saw then what 
was in his companion's mind, but it was too late to draw back, 
and the particulars were duly given. 

Next morning an inspector was posting down from London 
to Stony Cliff Lighthouse to dismiss the keeper on the spot. 
The darkness on that night of neglect was very vast and very 
empty, but there was one who saw, and his testimony did not 
fail to come to light Better, a thousand times better, to have 
never failed. If failure had to be, better to have confessed it. 

There is an aged and solemn sentence which we are often 
tempted to disbelieve, "Be sure your sin will find you out." But 
it is one of the laws of God's world. Some day, somewhere, 
each man's sin will find him out. You cannot throw the sleuth- 
hound of justice off the track. Therefore, keep innocency, with 
all your heart keep innocency. Never let the dream of 
concealment tempt you to the deed that is dark, against man, or 
woman, or child. 

"Though the mills of God grind slowly, 
Yet they grind exceeding small; 
Though with patience He stands waiting, 
With exactness grinds He all." 

If on the other hand, there was such an hour of conspicuous 
sin in some day or night of your short life, conceal it no longer. 
Confess it to God. Make reparation if you can. If you cannot, 
make a clean breast of it to God. Some day, it must be 
revealed. Better reveal it now of your own will, with a deep 
and hearty loathing of the evil. Only then will you know real 


peace again. It is only Christ— the Christ that died for us— that 
can give us permission to forget. 

K C. Gillie, in Little Sermons to the Children 

I Deserve This Punishment 

I am going to tell you something you probably already 
know: rats are thieves! When they find something they like, 
they take it, and don't care who it belongs to. 

I recently got a letter from a friend who also has a pet rat. 
She sent me pictures of her rat stealing a Tootsie-Pop out of her 

I would like to say my rats would never do anything like 
that, but that would not be true. They have tried to steal lots of 
things. What is worse, when you take your property back, they 
act as though you have stolen from them! 

Of course a rat does not really know any better, but people 
do. At least we should know better, but I fear all too often we 
do wrong, then think we have been wronged when we are 
punished for it. Have you ever thought your parents were 
unfair for punishing you when you did wrong? 

I have heard people complain about the police being unfair. 
Maybe they got a ticket for driving 62 miles per hour in a 55 
mile per hour zone. They think that is not so very fast, and the 
police should only stop people who are going a lot faster than 
that. But the law says it is wrong to drive faster than 5 mp.h., 
and we should obey the law. If we do not, we deserve to be 

God says we must obey the law as long as it does not tell us 
to do wrong. When we disobey the law, we disobey God. 

The world is getting more and more wicked. There are 
even many people in prison today who do not think they 



deserve to be there, even when they have done very serious 
wrong. They try to convince people it was not their fault. They 
complain about how hard it is to bear their punishment. Few 
people will admit, "I deserve this punishment, " yet they deserve 
even worse. 

Maybe you think you would never be like that. But if you 
do not obey your parents, admit when you have done wrong 
without making excuses, and accept your punishment, then you 
are already a little like that— and probably you are. It is human 
nature. As you grow older, you will be more and more like that 
unless you try not to be. Do not be like the world. Be like 

Martha J. Wagner 





VOL, 51 AUGUST. 2004 No. 8 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


We know that God is on the throne, 
Though strife and sin are here; 
And when the years have older grown, 
And men shall see more clear, 
The tumult and the strife will cease, 
And truth and right have sway, 
God speed for us the reign of peace, 
We humbly pray. 

We know that God is on the throne, 
For we can clearly trace, 
As centuries have come and gone, 
His purposes of grace; 
And though at times the mists appear, 
And doubtings may arise, 
The darkening skies as quickly clear 
In glad surprise. 

We know that God is on the throne, 
His power can never fail; 
And ere the years of time are flown, 
His Gospel shall prevail 
And men shall live to serve in love, 
While each his place shall fill, 
The earth-life, like to that above, 
In God's goodwill. 

George O. Webster 
From the Church Hymnal 

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Caiaphas and his fellow priests and the Pharisees were in 
trouble. A new Man from the north was preaching and healing. 
They could feel their influence slipping away. Here they were- 
the most powerM men in the Jewish nation, and they could not 
match the miracles of the Galilean Carpenter. His quiet 
confidence, His obvious success, His criticism of them 
infuriated these proud men. And now some had come running 
to tell them He had raised a man who had been dead four days; 
they had seen it witih their own eyes! 

The council of Pharisees and priests revealed something 
about Jesus when they stated their fears: "What do we? for this 
man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men wiU 
believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away 
both our place and nation." 

What made them say this? Simply, Jesus was a man of 
peace. They only understood the world's way of getting along: 
overcome with force. If there isn't enough power, then money 
should do the job. But a leader who wouldn't fight— a man of 
peace? Surely the Romans would take advantage of non- 

How often do we reason the same way? How much we rely 
on having the best retort or the most influence. We forget that 
the way of peace- Jesus' way-is the only real answer in human 

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and only in Him can we find 
peace. This is true in the home, the church, the community, the 
school, the workplace. It is nearly impossible to quarrel with 
one who will not fight back. Jesus told us to turn the other 
cheek. When we obey the Prince of Peace, we can have His 


real peace which is more that the absence of conflict or war. It 
is more than an outward feeling. It is a positive calm and 
confidence in the heart. 

Jesus 1 way says, "Love your enemies," Does that work? It 
may not make enemies into friends, but it will make peace in the 
hearts of those who obey it. And it's in the heart where we 
need peace the most. 

Centuries before Jesus came to earth, Solomon had written, 
"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up 
anger." Did Jesus inspire him to write this? Notice Jesus' 
answer to the officer who struck Jesus during His trial before 
Caiaphas the high priest. "If I have spoken evil, bear witness of 
the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?" It may not have 
stopped their wrath, but His answer was not with anger. 
Compare Jesus' answer with Paul's on a similar occasion during 
Paul's trial. The high priest commanded them that stood by to 
smite him on the mouth. Paul's answer was not a soft one, and 
he realized he should have been more respectful: "God shall 
smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after 
the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the 

We in our free country will not likely be accused or smitten 
like Jesus and Paul, but we will have many occasions to answer 
either softly or harshly. Are we willing to be careful to make 
peace? Are we children of the Peacemaker? When differences 
arise in the home or in the congregation or anywhere, often the 
course we take is not to reconcile or to see what we can agree 
on; instead we react to one another. We study the difference 
with the intention to prove our own position. (We become 
more and more firmly entrenched, not closer together.) Instead 
of speaking the truth in love we sometimes state our own view 
without love. We may start out disagreeing mildly and end up 
very firm in our own understanding. I don't mean we, for the 
sake of peace, should accept something wrong, but we need to 


reason with love and true respect. When we are open to others' 
reasons, we can learn. It seems the closer we are, the greater 
the need for kind responses. There is not much problem getting 
along with those we are not working closely with. 

Our old natures make it difficult to suppress anger when we 
are insulted. But the new nature from God— the divine nature- 
enables us to add to our faith the virtues of patience, brotherly 
kindness, and charity. In fact, all the virtues in II Peter 1:5-7 
will promote peace. They are modeled perfectly by Jesus, the 
Prince of Peace. , 

I remember stepping in to stop a fight between a couple of 
young boys, strangers to me. I was bigger, and I think they 
were kind of glad to be stopped. Our Saviour made peace at 
Calvary: peace with God and peace in our hearts with all men. 
Recently we heard of a Nigerian Christian lady who said she 
had learned to forgive her persecutors and even soon forgot 
who was the one who beat her. I think we too are glad when 
Jesus steps in and shows us the way of peace and the futility of 

World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars. 
Twenty-five years later, the world entered probably the 
greatest, most damaging and deadly war this earth had ever 
known. War does not end war. Conflict of any kind among 
men will not settle an issue. I know we are to earnestly contend 
for the faith. But we can contend without being "contentious." 
Only the Prince of Peace who took our place when God's 
righteous anger was released-only He can make peace happen. 
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, 
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by 
whose stripes ye were healed." 

All glory to the Prince of Peace! -L.C. 

A bad conscience embitters the sweetest comforts; a good 
one sweetens the bitterest crosses. —Anonymous 



(In January, 1975, we printed a question regarding 
Hebrews 13:17: "Obey them that have the rule over you, and 
submit yourselves. . . " We invited readers 1 comments. This 
article was written in answer regarding this verse. -~L. C.) 

Submission is a subject which isn't mentioned much in 
Christian circles. Perhaps it's living in a democracy that builds 
into us a repugnance toward the idea of putting ourselves under 
the control of someone else. Still the subject is one which is 
very important to a happy and successful Christian life. As we 
come to recognize this, we see it, not as a burden but a blessing. 

Ask any Christian if he believes we should submit to God 
and he will promptly say yes. Anything less would suggest a 
rebellious spirit which God equates with witchcraft. (I Sam 
15:23) Jesus plainly gives the priorities concerning the 
Christian life: "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and 
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy 
strength." (Mark 12:30) 

In James 4:7 we read, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. 
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Now I believe one 
of the reasons that Christians today have so much difficulty 
realizing the power of this Scripture is that they haven f t fully 
realized how to qualify to resist the devil and put him to flight. 

The Bible teaches there are five kinds of submission that 
Christians are required to have, four of which must be complied 
with before we can be submitted to God. Since God speaks of 
other areas of submission that He requires of us, we should 
clearly see how impossible it is to be in submission to Him if we 
are disregarding His will. If God is to have first rights on our 
heart, soul, mind, and strength, then there must not be a 
questioning, rebellious spirit in us. The "Christian" who rejects 
the authority of the church, saying "I submit only to God," or "I 


submit first to God" is plainly deceiving himself. He is certainly 
not in submission to God if lie or she is out of submission in any 
area the Word of God requires. 

The five types of submission required of us are 

1. We are to submit one to another. (Eph. 5:21) 

2. Wives are to submit themselves unto their own husbands as 
unto the Lord. (Eph. 5:22) 

3. We are to submit ourselves unto the civil authorities. (I Pet. 

4. We are to submit ourselves unto those having authority in the 
church. (I Cor. 16:16, Heb. 13:7,17,24, and I Pet. 5:5) * 

5. We are to submit ourselves unto God. (James 4:7) 

Beginning with the first and then following the order above, 
we first see that we are to submit ourselves one to another in 
the fear of God. Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto 
you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also 
love one another." (John 13:34) This has been the hallmark of 
Christian discipleship, for He said, "By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another." (John 
13:35) Love in action or practice demands one-to-one 
relationships; relationships so intense that I come to think more 
highly of my brother or sister than I do of myself. (Phil. 2:3) So 
I become ready and willing to bear his burdens at any expense 
to myself. Love requires it. (Gal. 6:2) I consider and 
appreciate the sharing of his feelings, his opinions, and his 
counsel. I can place myself and what I have in his hands 
without fear that he will abuse my love and trust. 

Next the wives are to submit themselves unto their own 
husbands as unto the Lord. In doing this she has not only 
obeyed the Lord, but she has qualified herself to receive the 
blessings of a godly marriage. If she does it as unto the Lord, it 
is done with deepest love and with sacred trust. This is as unto, 
that is, in like quality and with the same measure. Since the 
husband is to love his wife even as Christ loved the church and 


gave himself for it, (Eph. 5:25) he will love, not in order to be 
loved in return, nor for personal gain, but because he loves so 
dearly he can do nothing except give himself to serve her. 
When the wife and the husband both live as the Bible teaches, 
we have what the world calls "a marriage made in heaven." The 
wife who submits only on principle or from duty is not doing it 
as unto the Lord, nor is it submission. If our love to our Lord is 
only lukewarm, He will utterly reject it. (Rev. 3:16) As the wife 
observes the two great commandments and the New 
Commandment of Jesus, her submission to her husband will be 
or will become occasions of gladness and joy as it is a mirror of 
her personal relationship with her Lord. 

Next we are to submit to the civil authorities, regardless of 
whether they be good men or evil. In so doing, the spreading of 
the kingdom of God will not be hindered by slander or evil 
report, even if justly deserved. Christians are to be law abiding, 
remembering God's Word says civil authorities are ordained of 
God for good, (Rom. 13:1-7) When civil governments make 
laws which to obey would cause us to violate God's Word, then 
we have no other choice but to refuse to obey. (Matt. 22:21, 
Acts 5:29) 

This brings now the consideration of the question, so let us 
look at these Scriptures: I Cor. 16:16, Heb. 13:7,17,24 and I 
Pet. 5:5. The rule or government here is that which God has 
established within the Church. All Christians are to be under 
church authority. If we neglect or refiise this umbrella of 
protection, this safeguard as designed by God, then we are not 
submitted to God and the seed of rebellion bears bitter fruit. In 
Rom. 12:8 we read that he who ruleth should rule with 
diligence. No elder should be set in the church in whom this 
spiritual gift is not recognized as actively operating in his life. I 
Cor. 12:28 says that God has set in the church "governments," 
meaning those with authority to rule, that is the bishops or 
elders as mentioned in I Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9. These are 


to have the oversight of the flock. Their concern is the growth, 
maturity, and well-being of the sheep. They are 
undershepherds, Jesus Himself being the chief Shepherd. (I Pet. 
5:4) They use their spiritual gifts and God's plan to care for the 
sheep and bring them into maturity. In Eph. 4:8-16, God's 
design for our maturity is given. Even as Jesus is the door and 
the only way into the sheepfold, here is His plan for bringing us 
into maturity. There are no shortcuts, no secondary plans. 

It says that when Jesus ascended back to His Father, He put 
into the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and 
teachers. The role of the apostles was to establish and 
strengthen the church. They said, "This is what Jesus taught; 
this is what He meant." They exercised their authority by 
keeping the Church in one mind about the teachings of Jesus, 
and their work continues with us today through the product of 
their ministry: the New Testament. That the remainder of the 
five-fold ministry be active and working in the Church is the 
main concern of the elders. This is why diligence is needed. If 
health and maturity come through these ministries, then sickness 
and immaturity and death come without them 
These ministries are for (verse 12) 

1. The perfecting of the saints 

2. The work of the ministry 

3. The edifying of the body of Christ 

Some individual results are (verse 13) 

1. Unity of the faith (H Cor. 13:11, Phil. 1:27, 2;2, 1 Pet. 3:8) 

2. Knowledge of the Son of God (I Pet. 3:15) 

3. Aperfect man (Matt. 5:48) 

4. We measure up to the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Rom. 

The effect is Christians who are Christlike, (verses 

1. The Church operating in the authority and power of Jesus 
Christ (Matt. 28:18,20) 


2. Disciples who can "live" the great commandment and the 
new Commandment 

3. Making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love 
(verse 16, John 3:16,17, and I Pet. 3:9) 

Submission then brings about the success of God's plans for 
the Church and us as members in particular. 

One last point: If we reserve unto ourselves the right to 
decide when, or in what way, we will submit in any of these five 
areas, then we aren f t submitting. Submission costs the 
surrender of our will to decide. 

—Daniel Clinton Sidles, Santa Rosa, California 
Reprinted from The Pilgrim^ April, 1975 


John Nass (continued) 

(The following is a true incident in the life of John Nass. 
Details have been added --L.C.) 

"Halt! in the name of the law! You, big man, what's your 

John Naas flinched a little and muttered to Jacob Priesz, his 
companion, "I was hoping these fellows would go on by and 
leave us alone. " Aloud he responded, "John Naas, sir, from 

"Come with us, Naas; you are the kind we are looking for. 
Little man, (meaning Priesz) you go on your way." 

The king's recruiting officers led Naas off to the town to 
sign him up as a soldier and outfit Mm with a uniform of the 
Prussian Army. 

"I must tell you, sirs, that I cannot join the king's army." 

"Oh yes you can. We need big fellows like you. You'll get 
good wages, have the best food, and the fun of marching in the 
parade where everybody can see you." 


"No, you don't understand. I cannot and will not fight 
anyone. The Bible says we are to love our enemies." 

"You are the one who doesn't understand!" growled the 
officer. "We didn't ask you if you would join. You have no 
choice in the matter." 

Arriving at the barracks, the recruiters threatened Elder 
Naas with torture to make him willing to enlist 

"Do what you must. I believe God will help me endure 
even torture for the sake of my Lord Jesus Christ. But you 
should know that it is dangerous to work against God. Repent, 
and God will forgive you. Or continue to resist Him and you 
must meet Him in judgment." 

Ignoring Naas's sincere warnings, one of the soldiers 
produced two thumb screws which they roughly tightened on 
the thumbnails of Elder Naas's hands. He began to groan with 
pain. Beads of sweat stood on his forehead, but he would not 
yield. They tried pinching his flesh with special pincers. The 
big preacher refused to agree to their demands. 

One of the men had a new idea. "Here, hang him up by one 
toe and one thumb. That will change his tune." Putting their 
plan into action, they hung him up, assuring him he could be 
free when he agreed to be a soldier. 

After a time, and fearing they might kill him in the process, 
they took him down and dragged him bodily into the presence 
of the king of Prussia whose soldiers they were. 

The king looked the big Christian over carefully, marvelling 
at his size and apparent strength. "Why yes, we would much 
like to have him! Tell me, my good man, why do you refuse to 

"Because," answered the devout Naas, "I cannot, as I have 
long ago enlisted in the noblest and best army; and I cannot 
become a traitor to my King." 

"And who is your captain?" asked the king. 


"My Captain, 1 ' answered he, "is the great Prince Emmanuel, 
our Lord Jesus Christ. I have espoused His cause, and cannot 
and will not forsake Him " 

"Neither will I then ask you to do so." answered the noble 

With that the king handed John Naas a gold coin as a 
reward for his fidelity and released htm — L.C. 


Jonathan Miller July 4 Salida, California 
May this dear young brother live his life for the Lord and be 
a shining example to all of us. 


ROYER - A son, Cameron Chase, born July 18 to Philip and 
Annette Royer of Elkhart, Indiana. 

HARPER - A son, Thomas Jackson, born July 25 to Seth and 
Rachel Harper of Goshen, Indiana. 


William and Calvin Johnson 21880 C R 36 

Goshen, IN 46526 
cell phones: William: (574)238-4341 
Calvin: (574) 238-4340 

Simon Stalter's 1 1929 Shively Road 

Nappanee, IN 46550 

(574) 633-4706 



We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to 
all of our brethren and sisters and friends for your support of 
prayers, helping hands, and financial aid during Heidi's accident 
and recovery. God has been so good to all. May He continue 
to bless you all as you faith&Uy serve Him. Thank you much 
and the Lord bless each one. 

Arnold and Rachel Bowser and Family 


The Book and the Brazier 

Jeremiah 36 

Two men were sitting side by side, the one busily writing 
what the other said. The paper on which he wrote was rough 
papyrus leaf and the writer dipped his pen, made, perhaps, of a 
reed, in an ink bottle. For he used ink and a kind of paper 
though he wrote more than 2000 years ago. When the last page 
was finished, he departed to read it in the open air. Both 
looked very solemn and oppressed. 

He chose a place in an outer cloister of a great building to 
which the people of the city frequently came. There he read in 
a loud tone to the people of the city and to all the country folk 
who had come from the open villages into the great walled 
town for safety. A thoughtful man on the outskirts of the 
crowd heard the messages he read, and as soon as the pamphlet 
was finished, he hurried away. Let us follow him. He came to 
a palace and swiftly passed into a room which was evidently a 
secretary's office and was filled with grave looking men in 
magnificent robes. His story was soon told and, in an hour or 
less, the man with the pamphlet stood before them and read 
again the words he had been reading to the people. As they 
listened, a great uneasiness seized them, and catching sight of 


each other's pale faces, they said, "We must tell the king." 

The king was sitting in his winter-house and in front of him, 
because it was cold weather, a fire burned in a brazier. His 
secretary read to him a few pages of the manuscript. When the 
king heard the words of threatening, he snatched it from his 
servant's hands, and taking his penknife (Did you know that 
people had penknives so long ago?) he cut the pages into 
fragments and cast them on the fire. The onlookers did not 
look aghast; only one or two sought to restrain him; the rest 
made no protest. * Then the king commanded the speaker and 
the writer of these words to be brought to him, but they were 
safely hidden. Indeed, the princes had commanded the men to 
hide themselves before the book was destroyed. 

But that was not the end. The sad-faced man who had 
commanded that his words should be written down, spoke the 
same message again, and many more words of dole and 
warning. And one sentence was a terrific curse upon the king 
himself Part of what was written has come down to us in the 
Old Testament. And we know that the king perished miserably. 
The threatenings he had sought to destroy came true. 

Today we can see how shortsighted the king was. The 
ostrich buries his head in the sand and thinks himself safe. The 
king was as foolish. He thought he could destroy God's Word 
by burning its record, but the only result was to double the 
prophecies of woe. Many people have acted as foolishly. They 
have sought to destroy the Bible by burning all the copies they 
could find. But the ashes were like the seed of new books. Far 
more Bibles than were destroyed were soon in peoples hands. 
Some people seek to blot out the testimony of conscience by 
laughing at it and despising it, but without effect. The only 
result is the redoubling of the warnings of conscience. Nothing 
can destroy God's Word, whether it be written down or spoken 
in the ear of the heart. The more it is resisted, the more terrible 
it becomes. It cannot be blotted out. 


What do you do when conscience speaks? Are you like the 
foolish king? Do you try to destroy it? Alas, if you do this, its 
whips will become scorpions, its voice will only sound more 
terrifying. There is only one thing to do. Confess that you have 
been wrong. Seek God's forgiveness. "There is forgiveness 
with Him." If only the king had listened, and had humbled 
himself he might have been saved from the curse. But the 
penknife and the fire and the cringing crowd invited him to an 
act of folly. He did not destroy the book, he only destroyed 

By R. C. Gillie, in Little Sermons to the Children 


The path is steep; 
The way is dark; 

I cannot see the road. 
My footsteps keep 

Though fear loom stark, 
And heavy be my load. 

My footsteps fail; 
My arm is weak; 

My faith-it falters still. 
Thy strength prevail; 
Thine arm I seek; 

To guide me up the hill. 

Mine eyes are dim; 
My hope so poor; 

I stagger, faint, and fall. 
Through struggle grim 
I thee implore; 

My Lord, my God, my all! 


And Thou wilt guard 
And guide and bless; 
Thy love can never fail! 
Through trials hard, 
Thy tenderness 

My bark shall safely sail. 
Susanna Tate 

How important is one child? 

Denise has four brothers and sisters older than herself and 
three younger than herself One morning Denise got up 
grumpy. She tried to button her dress, but in her impatience, 
off popped a button. It rolled way under the bed, so Denise had 
to scoot under the bed on her tummy to get it. On the way out 
from under the bed, she banged her head which made her cry. 
She yanked at her shoe laces, and one broke. 

Just then Mother called up the stairs, "Denise, we're all 
waiting for you." 

"Oh, they can just wait," thought Denise. "I'm not 
important in this family." Clap-clomping down the stairs with 
one shoe minus a lace, she entered the kitchen. "My shoe lace 
broke," she whined. 

"Come, sit down now," Mother said. "I'll get another shoe 
lace for you later." 

Dad began to read the Bible. He read about David killing 
Goliath. "David was just one young men, but God used him to 
kill that giant," Dad said when he finished reading. "Every one 
of us is important, and God has a purpose for each of us." 

After prayer, Mother passed the scrambled eggs. 
"Scrambled eggs, again?" whined Denise. 

"I'm tired of scrambled eggs," her younger brother Harold 
said when they were passed to him. 

"Don't want eggs," little sister Betty said. 

"I don't either," said Bennie, Denise's next-older brother. 

"Eat your eggs and be quiet," Dad told them. 

After breakfast, Denise and Bennie were to do the dishes. 
"I get so tired of doing dishes," Denise complained. She 
piddled around getting the dish water ready. When Mother 
stepped outside to fill the bird feeder, Denise and Bennie both 
ran to the playroom to play. When Mother came in, she called 
them, "Denise! Bennie! Come here this minute and get these 
dishes done!" The children could tell she was getting impatient 
and frustrated. 

Mother's frustration rubbed off on the rest of the children, 
and before long, every child in the family was grouchy and 

Who started this chain of grouchiness? It was Denise. 
Denise was important in that family. Because Denise got up 
grouchy, the whole family was grouchy by dinnertime. Mother 
sincerely hoped that afternoon naps would erase the grouchies 
and bring sweetness back to her family. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL. 51 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER , 2004 No. 9 & 10 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Saviour, I follow on, guided by Thee, 
Seeing not yet the hand that leadeth me; 
Hushed by my heart and still, fear I no further ill; 
Only to meet Thy will my will shall be. 

Riven the rock for me, thirst to relieve, 
Manna from heaven falls fresh every eve; 
Never a want severe causeth my eye a tear, 
But Thou dost whisper near, "Only believe!" 

Often to Marah's brink have I been brought; 
Shrinking the cup to drink, help I have sought; 
And with the prayer f s ascent, Jesus the branch hath rent 
Quickly relief hath sent, sweetening the draught. 

Saviour! I long to walk closer with Thee; 
Led by Thy guiding hand, ever to be 
Constantly near Thy side, quickened and purified, 
Living for Him who died freely for me! 

C. S. Robinson 

From the Church Hymnal 

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"This is my job for today. I must not leave it for someone 
else. I must not put it off for another time." So run my 
thoughts when faced with something stressful or difficult, but a 
task that needs to be done. 

We live in the present. Only in imagination or memory can 
we dwell in the past or the future. It f s not wrong to think of 
past mercies or to plan for future projects. But now is where 
we live. This day God has given for action. 

To help us concentrate on present duties, let us remember 
Jesus as He faced Calvary- suffering and death. He prayed: 
"Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also 
may glorify thee. . ." He surely realized that the purpose for 
which He had come into the world was now at hand— that His 
"being made sin for us" could not be put off for some future 
time. We know the realization caused Him to sweat blood and 
to cry, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: 
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Where would we 
be if Jesus had not taken and drained the cup? 

I feel the tendency to procrastinate or put off 
responsibihties-especially difficult ones. The Word of God 
calls us to the importance of the present. The demonstrative 
pronoun "this" means something now and nearby. 

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and 
declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at 
all." (I John 1:5) ". . .This is the victory that overcometh the 
world, even our faith." (I John 5:4) "This is the day which the 
Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 


The pronoun "that" is farther away—over there—for 
someone else perhaps. "Go tell that fox. . ." "That woman 
Jezebel." "That day shall not come, except there come a falling 
away. . ." ". . .That that day should overtake you as a thief." 
("That" is used mostly in another sense as a relative pronoun.) 

All this is meant to call our attention to our present duties. 
What God has given us to do for today must not be put off till 
later or considered the job of someone else. 

Are you to give an encouraging word today? 

Should you pray for one you know to be in trouble-today? 

Should we lay down that magazine or that novel and turn to 
the Word of God? It is a sad fact that we are drawn more to 
entertaining reading than that speaking of our duty and spiritual 
things. However, the reward-the good feeling-the blessing is 
not to be compared. 

On the job we know things must be done on time. The 
cows must be fed and milked. Meals need to be served. The 
car must be serviced and gas put into the tank-on time. 

Our spiritual duties (prayer, study, communicating) seem 
less demanding. But what is really important? We have all 
looked back and thought with regret, "If I had only said the 
right word, or given a helping hand, or shown love to one in 

To the apostles, the job of spreading the gospel at Jesus 1 
command was not to be put off. They were inspired and 
urgently driven by the Holy Spirit. Consider Peter's appeal at 
Pentecost (Acts 2) and Paul's intensity of devotion to the work. 
John writes: "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have 
heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many 
Antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." (I John 

Our duty is now. If we serve in the Kingdom, it must not be 
"tomorrow." "This" is our duty now. "That" may have to wait. 



What is the greatest gift you ever received? Most of us 
have been given many gifts, but which one means the most to 
you? Is it a toy, a family heirloom, or some seeming 
insignificant thing made precious because of the giver or 
circumstance? Most likely we all have one or two precious 
possessions, and how we protect them! For they are precious 
and valuable. 

Next to receiving a gift, we enjoy giving, and so does our 
Heavenly Father. (Luke 11:9-13, James 1:17,18) No one 
knows us and our needs as God does. (Psalm 103:13,14) So 
has God given you any gift of value? 

Life! Perhaps this is one of the most precious. Men will do 
much to keep and preserve it, and all life is a gift from God. 
Life was given to Adam even before he did anything either good 
or bad. (Gen. 1:26-30, 2:7) Not only life, but He gave them 
Eden for its sustenance. (Gen.2:8,9,15-17) But He didn't stop 
there. Knowing what He had created, He also provided Adam 
a companion. (18-22) Talk about knowing what our needs are, 
Adam and Eve were set for life, and it was all free for the 
asking. And a one-on-one communication with God to boot! 
But man insisted on the one thing he was told to leave alone. 
When man broke his part of the deal, did God likewise retract 
His part? No. He did withdraw from the former intimacy with 
Adam, a devastating loss, but allowed man to retain His gift of 
life. Would we be as generous in God's place? This is not to 
say that God has never been exasperated with mankind. (Gen. 
6:5-7, Ex. 32:9-10) Moses was offered quite an opportunity: a 
chance not only to be rid of a couple million petulant pain-in- 
the-necks, but to be the patriarch of a new nation of God's 
people! But he pleads with the Lord for the life of the children 
of Israel. Ever been in need of an Intercessor? Someone to 
take up your case as weak as it may be? Or are we perhaps just 


a little better than Israel? No! "All have sinned and come 
short. . ." "There is none righteous, no, not one." 

How thankfUl we should be for God's longsuffering and 
mercy; His willingness to bring about a means of re-establishing 
what was lost in Eden. That was a close, personal relationship 
with each individual. More than an impersonal contact through 
priest or tabernacle, one in which each individual is personally 
involved and included. This required measures to forgive sins 
and be justified in His sight, which meant more than a mere 
animal sacrifice. (Heb. 10:4-10) This was the greatest gift of 

John 3:16 so concisely lays out the situation, the solution, 
and who it benefited and what it accomplished. Romans 5 
expands on this theme. Verses 1 and 2: We are justified, made 
right, accepted; all have access into grace, the undeserved 
favor of God. Notice both the being justified and accessing His 
grace are by and through faith. Faith—trust, belief in Him, 
accepting Him as Saviour, Intercessor! Vs. 6: Unable to help 
ourselves, Christ who was able, did what we so desperately 
needed. What a gift! Vss. 7,8: We have all heard stories of 
one person's taking another f s place in a perilous situation 
because of a love for that person or a feeling he had greater 
value. By comparison, we were worth nothing, so the motive 
could only have been love! Vss. 9,10: We are saved from 
wrath brought on ourselves by our sins, and enemies of God 
because of it. But we have been reconciled- covered, changed, 
made acceptable. (II Cor. 5:17-21) Changed like this, we have 
no fear of judgment and condemnation because of the past. 
And if when we were in sin, Christ died for us, having accepted 
His gift and being changed into new creatures, we are assured 
of salvation. (John 1:11-13, Rom 6:23, H Tim. 1:6-9, I Pet. 
1:3-9) Ephesians 2:5-9 makes it clear we are dependent on 
Christ's grace which is a gift from Him and not something we 
can earn. Nor has Christ come, died for us, and then left us to 


ourselves again to remain in His will on our own. He instead 
gave us another gift. 

The gift of the Holy Spirit. John 14:15-18: Jesus promised 
guidance in His absence, knowing we would need help. (Acts 
2:37-39, Eph 4:8) Conviction of wrong doing is powerful and 
scary. But obedience to and faith in Christ brings peace and 
promise today just like always. Luke 12:11-12: It also 
empowers in times of apprehension and need. This gift cannot 
be bought (Acts 8:20), but is a gift bestowed by the Giver to all 
regardless of nationality. (Acts 10:34, 44-48) 

God gives as we trust and ask and will not take away unless 
we turn from Him. (H Thess. 2:8-12; Heb. 2:1-3, 6:4-6) God 
desires all to be saved. (I Tim. 2:4) 

These statements say it rather well: "Who He was made all 
important what He did." "A gift bears more responsibility than 

God is still calling, (Matt. 11:28-30) willing and able to 
make good on His promise. 

Ben Cover 
Tuolumne, California 


The man was smart; of that there was no doubt. He had a 
good head, with more than usual abilities to evaluate and form 
wise conclusions. The advice he gave was unbelievably acute. 
But when facing a difficult situation one day, he hanged himself. 

A close fiiend of this man was also impressive— not because 
of his mental powers, but because of his dedicated heart. He 
loved God and the things that God loves. He committed his life 
to God's service. This man, too, once faced an extremely 


difficult situation. He did not hang himself; he called on God 
and found his way through. 

Of course, the men were Ahithophel and David. 
Ahithophel, the man who gave counsel like the oracle of God, 
could not cope when things turned against him. David, the 
"man after [God's] own heart," turned to God and found 
deliverance from his terrible sin. 

How many times have we wished for the intelligence of 
Ahithophel? In raising and training our children at home and at 
school, we so often feel limited. If only we knew more, 
comprehended better the issues involved, understood Children 
and their development, and on and on. Our work, it seems, 
would be so much easier. But that is not the answer we are 
looking for. Give a parent or a teacher great brains; let him be 
ever so sharp, ever so brilliant: he well be as successful as 

No, we do not need the head of Ahithophel, What we really 
need is the heart of David. Find a parent or teacher with 
average intelligence, just a common, ordinary person. Watch as 
he commits hi ms elf and every talent he possesses to the Lord. 
Now what may we expect? The success of David? 

Yes, the success of David. 

David's success was not a matter of always doing the best 
thing or of always accomplishing his goals. Rather, David's 
success was a matter of coming through difficulties- and even 
failures—and remaining a man whom God could use. 

All this does not mean that the head is insignificant. A man 
with a good head can be of great use to God. But then again, 
so can a man with lesser mental abilities. Usability to God lies 
not within the head. It lies within the heart! 

By Ernest D. Wine, Selected from 
The Christian School Builder, October, 1988 



Why am I teaching? 

There are young souls to guide 
To the dear Saviour's side 
There safe to abide 
Through life's ebb and tide— 

That's why I am teaching. 

They're sent here for learning; 
May I deepen their yearning 
And set their hearts burning 
For God's will discerning? 

Dear Lord, light my teaching! 

Beyond just their books 
May I give them a look 
At the Friend who desires 
To fill innermost nooks? 

Dear Lord, warm my teaching! 

Oh, the task is so great, 
And so rapid life's rate; 
The mountain's so tall, 
And my strength so small! 

Am I really teaching? 

Can I fill this place? 
And leave Heavenly trace 
On each tender, young face? 
Oh, I must, by God's grace! 

Dear Lord, guide my teaching! 


Discipline, knowledge, discernment and skills; 
With something or other their minds will be filled! 
Am I doing my part 
Love for God to impart? 

Do I know what I'm teaching? 

Yes, what am I teaching? 
The effects so far reaching! 
Lord, I rest in Your keeping, 
For wisdom beseeching— 

Please, You do the teaching! 

Tm only a vessel, 
A channel for Thee— 
The fruit of these labors 
I cannot now see. 

Lord, fill all my teaching! 

Susanna Tate 

We wish to express our appreciation to all the brethren and 
sisters for their prayers and cards and their financial help. We 
can't thank you enough. May God bless and keep you in His 
love. Thanks again, 

Lloyd and May Flora 

Worry is a killer. Henry Ward Beecher declared: "It is not 
work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can 
hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust 
upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the 
machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and 
trust are sweet juices. " —Selected 



MARVIN BOYD CRAWMER, son of Samuel and Bertha 
(Provost) Crawmer, was born August 10, 1916, in Fairview, 
Missouri. He lived there until 1936 when he moved to 
Modesto, California. 

On December 4, 1937, Marvin was united in marriage to 
Ruth Bowman in the home of Owen Cripe who officiated. 
They were blessed with sixty- seven years together. To this 
union were born four children: two daughters: Mary Ruth 
(Melvin Wheeler) of Modesto and Erma (Fred Miller) of Jasper, 
Arkansas, and two sons: William and Carol of Sonora and 
Wayne and Linda of Bend, Oregon, who survive. He is also 
survived by eleven grandchildren and thirteen great 
grandchildren, one brother, Ezra and Lois Crawmer of Neosho, 
Missouri, and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in 
death by his parents, one brother, Norman; two sisters: Esther, 
an infant, and Kathryn Mohler; one infant grandson and infant 
twin great grandchildren. 

In 1938 Marvin was baptized and became a member of the 
Old Brethren Church where he served the Lord for sixty- six 
years. In 1949 he was elected to the office of deacon, serving 
faithfully for fifty-five years. 

In 1946 Dad and Mom moved from Modesto to Long Barn. 
After thirty-nine years they moved down to the Twain Harte 
area and lived there eighteen years. Due to declining health, on 
July 2, 2003, they entered into Assisted Living at Dale 
Commons in Modesto, California, to spend his last days there. 
Early on Sunday morning, September 5, 2004, Dad answered 
the Master's call and left this earth at the age of eighty-eight 
years and twenty- six days. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 9, 2004, in 
the Old Brethren Mountain View meeting house by the home 


brethren. Burial was in the Wood Colony Cemetery near 

The family would like to thank all for the prayers and acts of 
kindness expressed to us. God is so good. Let us all put our 
trust in the One who holds the future. 

The Family 


WeVe buried one of our brethren— one who was soft 
spoken, kind to animals, and, in my spirit, I felt acceptance in 
his presence. 

WeVe buried a deacon brother whose handwriting was 
legible and his figures true: (it was important in earlier days, 
you know) and he carried the purse for the church and our 

WeVe buried a brother who understood building, 
competency and strength as shown in the structure of our 
MiWuk meeting house, and our own home to name just two. 
Helping at workdays with the brethren was important to him- 
you saw him there in carpenter clothes, making accurate 

WeVe buried a deacon brother who knew the Scriptures so 
well he could read aloud into old age because he was using 
precious, familiar words. 

WeVe buried a brother who had time to visit the sick and 
attended many funerals. Actually, he (they) was to be depended 
on in any service or church function. He desired to be seated in 
quiet meditation at least five minutes before time for meeting to 
begin. Present. Prepared. All because of Jesus. 

Martha J. Cover 



Whatever you think, both in joy and in woe, 
Think nothing you would not want Jesus to know. 
Whatever you say in a whisper or clear, 
Say nothing you would not want Jesus to hear. 
Whatever you sing in the midst of your glee, 
Sing nothing God's listening ear would displease. 
Whatever you write with haste or with heed, 
Write nothing you would not want Jesus to read. 
Whatever you read, though the page may allure, 
Read nothing, unless you are perfectly sure 
Consternation would not be seen in your look, 
If Christ should say solemnly, "Show me that book." 
Wherever you go never go where you would fear 
God ! s question being asked you, "What doest thou here?" 

Author unknown 
Selected by Marilyn Coning 

David Stalter August 25 near Goshen, Indiana 
May God guide this young brother to faithful service in the 

WELLS - A son, James Mack, born August 23 to Glenn and 
Sharon Wells of Taylorsville, Mississippi. 

HEINRICH - A son, Henry Aaron, born August 30 to Aaron 
and Kelly Heinrich of Modesto, California. 

STALTER - A son, Felix James, bom September 7 to Stephen 
and Lorenda Stalter of Nappanee, Indiana. 



It was unseasonably warm that day, even for sunny Los 
Angeles. Everybody was looking for some kind of relief so the 
Ice Cream Store was a natural stop. 

A little girl, clutching her money tightly in her hand, came 
into the store. But before she could say a word, the very sharp- 
featured clerk told her to go back outside and read the sign, and 
stay out until she put on some shoes. She left, and a big man 
followed her out of the store. 

I watched as she stood in front of the store and read the 
sign: No Bare Feet. Then tears started to roll down her 
cheeks as she turned and started to walk away. Just then, the 
big man called to her and she stopped. Sitting down on the 
curb, he took off his number twelve shoes and set them in front 
of the girl saying, "Here, you won't be able to walk in these, but 
if you sort of slide along, you can get your ice cream cone." 
Then he lifted the girl up and set her feet into the shoes. "Take 
your time," he said, "I get tired moving them around, and it'll 
feel good to just sit here and rest for a while. " 

The shining eyes of the girl could not be missed as die 
ordered her ice cream cone. 

He was a big man, all right; big tummy, big feet, but most of 
all, he had a big heart. —Selected 

Love Accepts, Behaves. Cheers, Defends, 

Enriches, Forgives, Grows and Helps. 
Love Includes, Joins, Kneels, Listens, 

Motivates, Notices, Overlooks, and Provides. 
Love Quiets, Respects, Surprises, Tries, 
Understands, Volunteers, Warms, Xpects and Yields. 
Love in action adds Zip to your life! 




You'd think it was awfiil, 

Indeed quite unlawful 

To drink from a sewer, I know; 

You'd shudder with horror 

Should anyone pour you 

A drink from that odious flow. 

Completely unthinkable, 
Sludge isn't drinkable; 
You'd really become very ill; 
Indeed it would kill you 
If someone should fill you 
With even a cup of that swill. 

It is strange—you will find 

Folks will poison their mind 

When they never would poison their body; 

Strange that no matter what 

They will feed upon smut 

And on books that are filthy and shoddy. 

Lots of magazine racks 

And most paperbacks 

Are just like a sewer, I think; 

They're just like a tap 

That runs with a sap 

From which, no, not one person should drink. 

—Margaret Penner Toews 



How important is one child? 

Do you remember last month's story about Denise? She got 
up grouchy in the morning, and by noon her grouchiness rubbed 
off on everyone in the family. Let's see how important she is 
the next day. 

"Denise, time to get up," called Mother. Denise hopped out 
of bed. She sang "My Jesus, I love Thee," as she dressed. 
From the next room, Bennie began to sing along. Little Betty 
woke up and chattered happily. 

Soon everyone gathered at the breakfast table. Dad read 
about Jonathan and David being good friends and about Saul 
getting jealous of David. Denise didn't understand everything 
Dad read, but she understood that King Saul tried to kill David. 

Mother passed the platter of fried eggs and bacon. "Don't 
want egg!" little Betty said. 

"Eggs are good," Denise told her. "See, I eat them. You 
try them." 

Laughing, Betty took a bite. "Eggs good!" she said and ate 
hers all up. 

"It's our turn to gather eggs this morning," Denise told 
Harold. "Wonder how many we'll get today?" 

"I hate that job!" Harold said. He ran away from the 
chicken house instead of toward it. 

"I'll get two dozen eggs before you get one," Denise called 
after him. 

Hearing that, Harold turned around quickly, grabbed a pail 
from the porch, and raced for the hen house. His hands flew as 
he picked eggs from the nests, but he was very careful not to 
break any. Denise was working fast, too, and when the eggs 
were all gathered Denise had twenty-five eggs and Harold had 
eighteen. "Good work, Harold," Denise said. "Now to get 



hern washed and packed into the crates." Both children sang 
is they washed and crated the eggs. 

When Denise went into the house, Betty was crying and 
Mother looked tired as she carried Betty in one arm and tried to 
stir apples with the other hand. "Can I help you, Mother?" 
Denise asked. 

"Yes, see if you can keep Betty happy while I make this 
applesauce, please," Mother answered. Denise took Betty to 
the living room and rocked her. She sang song after song to 

As the family gathered at the dinner table, everyone was 
happy and smiley. Mother, especially, was glad to have her 
sweet family back, and Denise's songs and willingness to do her 
work had a lot to do with everyone being happy. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


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VOL. 51 NOVEMBER. 2004 No. 11 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Eternal Father, when to Thee, 
Beyond all worlds, by faith I soar, 
Before Thy boundless majesty 
I stand in silence, and adore. 

But, Saviour, Thou art by my side; 
Thy voice I hear; Thy face I see: 
Thou art my Friend, my daily Guide; 
God over all, yet God with me. 

And Thou, great Spirit, in my heart 
Dost make Thy temple day by day; 
The Holy Ghost of God Thou art, 
Yet dwellest in this house of clay. 

Blest Trinity, in whom alone 

All things created move or rest, 

High in the heavens Thou hast Thy throne; 

Thou hast Thy throne within my breast. 

Harvey D. Ganse, 1872 (1822-1891) 
From The Christian Hymnary 

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace; 
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is love. 

—Stephen & Adams 

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the 
Lord is, there is liberty." (II Corinthians 3: 17) 

There are times when thoughts, Scriptures, or parts of a 
song come to us as touches of inspiration and blessing, but also 
as solemn warning. The song and verse above are an example. 
We would not violate Scripture to add that where the Spirit of 
the Lord is, there is thanksgiving. The inspiring thought is that 
when we have these conditions, we know the Holy Spirit is 
leading us. The warning is the knowledge that when these 
virtues are lacking— when their opposites are present-the Spirit 
is not with us. Not only is God's Spirit absent when we harbor 
hatred, strife, and ingratitude; but there is a horrible realization 
that we are being led by another spirit in complete enmity with 
this Holy Spirit we need so desperately. 

Characteristic of the last, perilous days are these conditions 
listed in II Timothy 3:2-4: "For men shall be lovers of their 
own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, 
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural 
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, 
despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, 
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. . ." We shudder as 
we recognize this as an accurate description of our times. We 
rub shoulders with people like this; we are influenced by their 
thinking. Let us pray to be delivered from these in our own 

In school yesterday, the first graders were memorizing this 
part of Proverbs 27:2: "Let another man praise thee, and not 


thine own mouth. . ." Obeying this Scripture would keep us 
from pride and boasting. In Colossians 3:12-15 are listed ten 
virtues to put on. The last two are the peace of God and 
thankfulness. When we own these qualities, we are led by the 
Spirit, for this is the only source. 

In Romans 1, Paul lists the faults of unbelieving man in a 
progressively worse indictment. Verse 21: "Because that, 
when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither 
were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their 
foolish heart was darkened." When unthankfulness is listed 
with the rest of the Romans 1 (20-32) description of sinful man, 
we can see how it must appear in God's sight. May God deliver 
us and help us to be thankftd people. 

In traveling across our country recently, I saw evidence of 
God's blessing in the devotion of godly people but also in the 
form of great prosperity. Are we thankftd for the abundance 
God gives us? These blessings can be a curse if we do not 
respond to them the way God would have us. In MalacM 2: 1-4 
was a special message to the priests. "If ye will not hear, and if 
ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the 
Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will 
curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because 
ye do not lay it to heart." Could it happen to us? Could our 
blessings become a curse to us? If we are not careful in our use 
of prosperity, we can become extravagant and wasteful. Only 
in a country like ours could waste be a problem. If we are truly 
thankM, this will not happen, but we will be led by the Spirit of 
God to the best use and sharing of the material blessings we 
have. They need not be a curse! 

If we do become wasteftd of the good things God has given, by 
the word of God we can know we are not being led by His Holy 
Spirit. If we become hostile, critical, and unloving we can 
know we are not led in this by His Spirit. "Where the Spirit of 
the Lord is," there are the fruits of the Spirit. ■-- L.C. 



"Thank-you." How many times in one day do we hear this? 
How often do you say "thank-you"? Why say thank-yon? The 
Apostle Paul says, "Li every thing give thanks: for this is the 
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thess. 5:18) 

Parents teach their children to say "thank-you" when the 
child receives a favor, compliment, or assistance. This is proper 
training, but by reason of emotional immaturity, this is often a 
rote expression devoid of emotion for the child. I believe this 
condition can be true in adult communication as well. 

To be meaningful, a "thank-you" has to be an expression of 
gratitude. I have heard the national Thanksgiving Day referred 
to as "turkey day," thereby observing the day but not 
recognizing the reason for the day. Being unthankful is one of 
the last day characteristics of the world from which we are to 
turn away. (II Tim. 3:2-5) Many of the "thank-you's" heard as 
we go about daily activities are expressions of expediency and 
politeness which is a commendable practice, but does it always 
constitute a thankftd spirit? It is easy to say "thank-you" from 
habit rather than from a feeling of gratitude. 

There is virtue in developing good habits. I encourage each 
one to give thought to the habit of saying "thank-you" and to 
consider why we are thankftd. When interacting with a fellow 
believer, we are thankftd inasmuch as our relationship is a 
blessing of the Lord. We also should be thankftd when dealing 
with the unbeliever in that we have the opportunity to tell that 
person, either by word or action, of God's love for him. As we 
approach the Thanksgiving season, may we give serious 
thought that what we receive, whether small or great, may be 
received with a heart-felt "thank-you." 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



Sin will take you farther than yon want to stray. 

Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay. 

Sin will cost you more than you can ever pay! 
How can we conquer sin? Sin's grip is tenacious, its pursuit 
relentless. Sin is progressive and is cumulative. It is never 
static or idle but pushes, pulls, prompts, and tempts without 
ceasing. Like an octopus, when we concentrate on severing 
one of sin's arms, it grows several more. It is deceptive and 
sneaky, and mixes truth with lies in order to deceive the gullible. 
Sin is strong, tireless and destroying, and you are its target. 

This is why Jesus came! Paul, an experienced sinner, states, 
"This is a faithfiil saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that 
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am 
chief." (I Tim. 1:15) Jesus Christ our Savior is our only hope. 
We cannot defeat sin with our own strength any more than 
Daniel in his own strength could survive a night with hungry, 
drooling lions or David could fight a huge, battle-hardened 
giant. In order to conquer sin, we must have God f s power and 

Some Scriptures appear to teach that it is within our power 
to resist sin. "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you," 
(James 4:7) sounds as if resisting is up to us, but notice the 
preceding words: "Submit yourselves therefore to God." Here 
is the prerequisite to being able to resist the devil! Therein lies 
the key to victory: submission to God. 

The Lord's word of warning to crestfallen Cain also 
contained hope: "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be 
accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And 
unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." 
(Gen. 4:7) Cain was in a dangerous place. Sin was crouching 
at his door, and wanting to destroy him. However, Cain could 
have overcome; he could have ruled over sin. What was 


missing? Why did lie let sin conquer and drive him to be the 
first murderer? 

The simple answer is selfishness. He saw Abel's sacrifice 
accepted. It was a sacrifice of faith, and God was pleased. 
Abel's works were righteous; Cain's were evil. This revealing of 
his own faults made him furious, and Cain gained speed on the 
slippery slope to destruction. 

Jesus said numerous times that He came to call sinners to 
repentance. Repentance takes submission. Repentance requires 
removing self from the center of our lives and letting Jesus 
reign. Now His strength controls us, not ours. In our minds 
are His thoughts, not ours. Jesus' deeds are evident, not ours. 
And there is victory over sin. We submit, and we win. . .in 
Jesus' name. 

Lloyd Wagner, 
Modesto, California 

God and His Word Change Not 

I was sixteen when I began to understand the need to give 
all of my life to the Lord Jesus. I was a Catholic by raising and 
confession. I understood the authority of the Catholic Church, 
its general practices and forms. I was trained that God is an 
avenging God to everyone that steps ever so lightly from His 
pleasure, that of a pagan god that wills more vengeance on one 
than blessing. On occasions I found pleasure in worshiping Him 
in my childish heart, and I had a sincere desire to please Him 
and find more of Hmx On occasions, a truth of the Word 
would pierce a point of my heart. The seed imbedded there 
later sprang forth. 

The Catholic Church, in sincere honesty, gave me a form of 
godliness and the knowledge of good and evil that God was 
able to work with later in my life. I thank my parents for this 
exposure to the law as a school master to awaken my 


conscience to God, allowing it to be a stepping stone to the 
New Covenant of grace. 

As I grew to my mid teens, I felt an emptiness indescribable 
except by the knowledge of one that has been freed from such a 
state, and yet an awakening to a more true form of Light than 
easily described with human words. The Light came to me 
from the dribbling of the Word read in the mass, mostly from 
the Gospels: "Do good to those that hate you." "Love your 
enemies." Much I could not understand, but this I could grab 
hold of I can be kind to those' that do me wrong-to those that 
are unkind— that hate me without a cause. I began to 
imperfectly but sincerely implement it into my young world, as 
best as one could that had not yet the Spirit of God indwelling. 

Also in the midst of this time I began to compare the 
authority of a man to the authority of the Bible. Over the 
months I began to see, weigh, if you please, in my mind's eye 
between the absolute authority of the Word of God versus the 
leaders and their teaching in the Roman Catholic Church. Deep 
in my heart, without a soul's instruction in the matter, I knew 
not if the pope was God-ordained or his priests. One particular 
incident in childhood left its mark. I was about seven or eight. 
The day was springish, the sky a clear, unclouded blue. My 
parents had been discussing the matter here and there, and my 
childish mind caught pieces of it. That week's topic of the ten 
to twenty minute homily (the Catholic's version of a sermon) 
was how the new Vatican pope had found "new light" With 
that light came new practices (some seemed insignificant to me 
such as the mass being given in Latin or English) but which 
included that the covering used by women and girls in the mass 
services was no longer needed. My young heart felt the jolt of 
shock. Even as a child I knew God did not change on the 
things that He said. Then why this new revelation? A shadow 
of doubt to the pope's authenticity and rights to his authority 


crept across my young soul. God does not change; it 
reverberated in my heart. In a few short weeks my dad and I 
visited another parish. Mother and siblings did not attend. I 
don't recall the circumstance why. My dad gave me the option 
of what parish I wanted to attend. We had been visiting an 
adjoining one occasionally when the timing of the masses didn't 
suit right. I chose to visit the adjoining parish. It was a bit 
smaller builditlg than our local parish, with a simple interior, 
almost European in feel. I sensed one could be living in 
Switzerland and be attending the little village church. Yet I 
would sense more there as a child. I would tell my parents on 
the occasions when we would visit, "I like this church; I can feel 
God here." The homilies were longer and they seemed to talk 
about Jesus and God. It was at this one of these visits soon 
after the announcement of the New Vatican I in fact heard the I 
Cor. 11 passage. Daddy and I were closer than usual to the 
front of the church in our seating. (Mother didn't like to be too 
close to the front.) The priest spoke about the Bible teaching 
us that we were to keep this tradition. I was young but was 
able to follow some of what he was saying. My daddy dropped 
his head. I was uncovered. He reached into his pocket and 
pulled out his handkerchief opened it and placed it on my head. 
A warmth deep down inside me rose to the surface of my heart. 
"Yes, God does not change," my heart assured me. 

Again and again I pondered my emptiness, man's authority, 
God's authority, modern life, modern answers. In the midst of 
all the internal struggle, the Light began to brighten in my soul. 
The little I knew of the Bible, I believed with my whole heart, 
and sought, though imperfectly, to live out. The pinnacle point 
came when a born-again friend fired the question of the 
Reformation at me: "Do you believe the pope or the Bible?" 
The whole of my catholic background flew past my mind and 
heart. Again that reverberation rippled around my soul. Yet, 
without a moment's hesitation, I firmly retorted, "The Bible. I 


don't know if the pope is following God." The next question 
came with as much interrogation of an Anabaptist seeking 
spiritual loyalty of a newcomer: "Can you say, 'Jesus Christ is 
Lord'?" I hesitated. This required a step of the soul. 
"Yeeesss," I weakly answered. The question was repeated. 
"Can you SAY that Jesus Christ is Lord." With trepidation and 
awe, I stepped out into the spiritual world of faith and 
resounded, "Jesus Christ is Lord." 

It was the first step into the arms of a loving Saviour, but it 
would not be for several months before I was to taste of that 
grace that all true Christians relish when the blood was applied 
to a sinner's soui. But with the atonement and my spiritual first 
love, also came the conflicts of true followers of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. For the Word says through much tribulation we will 
enter the Kingdom of God. It would be another apex from the 
Reformation: "sola Scriptura" (only Scripture). 

I, with other young people in the little Sacramento parish, 
boldly but meekly laid to test the Catholic theology against the 
Word of God. We pointed with assurance to what a Catholic 
priest said: that God's Word alone is supreme, and none other 
authority stands with it. There began to be a spiritual war 
waged as that priest began to acknowledge personally and 
publicly that Jesus is Lord and His Word is supreme. The 
Monsignor countered with his own public homilies: the 
authority of the leadership of the church, their enlightened 
theology and dogma. It was insignificant even if it conflicted 
with the Holy Bible. The Monsignor countered with the fervor 
of his 1500's Catholic forefathers: the leaders of the church 
were given divine unction when making spiritual decisions. 
Unction was the foundation of interpretation to the Holy Bible, 
even if it meant one had to go on a chase to find its Scriptural 
line of reasoning. The fathers of the church had spoken: thus 
God had spoken. I stood on Galatians 1:8: "But though we, or 
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than 


that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." 
The spiritual warfare was waged for several months. Then the 
younger priest was shipped elsewhere. And for me? The Lord 
opened the door to move on and grow to understand to a 
greater degree what it was to pick up my cross and follow Him 
at all costs. 

Recently I read of the Anabaptists in the book about the 
doctrines of the Brethren. The words expressed what I have 
observed in the Word and the practices of the early apostolic 
church. "The Mennonites applied radically the Reformation 
principle of sola Scriptura. They felt that Scripture was plain 
and clear in its intent and needed no special interpreters other 
than Christ's indwelling Spirit." The Martyr's Mirror is filled 
with page after page of those willing to die for this principle. It 
was and is the foundation that we Brethren stand on as well. 
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time 
past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days 
spoken unto us by his Son. . ." (Heb. 1:1,2) "And the Word 
was made flesh, and dwelt among us." (John 1:14) Alexander 
Mack expressed this view noted in the book Background and 
Development of Brethren Doctrines on page 71. "Although 
Mack does not specifically deal with the doctrine of Scripture, it 
is clear from his writings that he is in full agreement with the 
great Reformation principle, sola Scriptura. Not only does 
Mack note the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture on 
several occasions, but he underscores the final authority 
(author's emphasis) of God's Word again and again through 
such expressions as 'the Scriptures say,' f as Scripture has said,' 
and 'expressed in Holy Scripture.' All other would-be 
pretenders to this position— whether Christian tradition, human 
reason, private mystical experiences, theological systems, etc.— 
must be rejected. . ." The Scripture must be our foundation of 
faith and practice. What about the authority of the Church? 
Where do good works or following Jesus come in? 


Alexander Mack also expressed the Brethren's stand 
Scripturally on who is the ultimate authority of the Church. 
This perspective separated out the Brethren (and Anabaptists) 
even from the reformers: "Mack considered Christ to be the 
authority for the Church. Other sources of authority do exist 
for him: the Word, the Spirit, the example of the early Church; 
but they all become channels for communicating the mind of 
Christ to the Church." 

Even though I did not know what other godly men had 
grown to understand in their walk with Christ, Col. 1:1.8a and 
Eph.5:23b helped establish these truths in my youth. I learned 
from the Word and from my experience with Catholicism and 
their papacy that Jesus is the only Divine Authority, Truth, and 
Salvation. But, unfortunately, the churches that I had begun to 
associate with, although moved closer as the reformers did to 
sola Scriptura than the Catholics, neither were fully submitting 
to the Word and its teachings. As the Catholics left off the 
Word, the reformers and those I was associating with, left off 
Christ as our perfect Example. Consequently, it would be years 
before I would understand the purposes of picking up my cross 
and following the Lord. (Sanctification or holiness for the 
testimony of Christ to others.) (To be continued) 

Karen Johnson 
Tuolumne, California 


We are grateftd for brethren who are so willing to help in 
times of need. We thank all of you, brethren, who contributed 
to our needs around the time of Timothy's broken leg. It 
certainly made it easier for him and his parents! He is walking 
and running like normal again-a touch of the Great Physician. 
Like the Apostle Paul with the Phihppian brethren in 4:17, we 
trust the fruit will abound to your account. 

Larry and Liana Cable and Family 



JENNIFER GRACE BROWN, ten year old beloved 
daughter, sister, granddaughter, student, friend, went to be with 
Jesus September 20, 2004, at around 6 p.m. while her family 
was preparing for supper. Born November 23, 1993, she and 
her twin brother Jeffrey were always together. She was in fifth 
grade and was home schooled the last year. We are grateful for 
that special time with her and Jeffrey. She was a good student 
and a diligent little helper. She was packed to take a family trip 
the next morning, but God had other plans for her, as well as 
for us. We don't understand the reason she was taken so young 
in a rope swing accident, but we know God's way is best. She 
is with Jesus, and heaven seems so much nearer and more real 
now she is there. 

Jennifer is survived by her parents Mark and Betsy Brown; 
brothers Randy and Jeffrey; sisters Darcy, Heidi, Chelsea, 
Charity, and Melody, of Tuolumne, California; grandparents 
Herbert and Ursula Brown of Soulsbyville, California; and 
Marge Bristol of Newbury Park, California; and many aunts, 
uncles, and cousins. 

Funeral services were held September 24, 2004, in the 
Mountain View Old Brethren meeting house. Burial was in the 
Wood Colony Cemetery near Modesto. —Her Family 

Over the silent river, 
Up through the sky so blue; 
No longer I am held below; 
My time on earth is through. 

The days we spent out walking 
Down by the turn back stream; 


The times we'd walk the old road trail, 
Just gave me time to dream 

Then in my childhood freedom, 
Clearer than e'er before, 
Came the last call for suppertime, 
Calling from Heaven's door. 

I thought that I was dreaming; 
An angel came for me 
Bearing me over the river, 
Over the crystal sea. 

Oh! then I saw my Jesus 
Was waiting there for me! 
And now within His arms I rest, 
From pain and heartache free. 

I know you sorely miss me, 
And Jesus knows it too. 
So just be strong and live for Him; 
One day He'll call for you. 

Daniel Miller 
Tuolumne, California 

Lord, help us not to talk too much because talking too 
much is like driving too fast. Sometimes the brakes are not 
good, and we pass by the place where we intended to stop. 
When we talk too much, we know we go beyond the truth. 

-Haitian proverb 

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that 
refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19) 



October 17, Warren County, Indiana 

Zachary and Adrian Miller, Titus and Willus Cable, 

Monica Beery 

October 30, Goshen, Indiana 

Courtney Oberholzer, Kurtis Cable 

May these dear young members serve faithfully in the Kingdom. 

WAGNER - A daughter, Starr Lynnett, born August 27 to 
David and Mona Wagner of Hesperia, Michigan. 

v CABLE - A daughter, Tabitha Dawn, born September 26 to 
Aaron and Arlene Cable of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

l COVER - A daughter, Kyra Joelle, born October 29 to Sam 
and Lois Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

CABLE - A daughter, Betsy Ellen, born November 1 1 to Larry 
" and Liana Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 

FLORA-BOWSER - Ryan Flora and Rosanna Bowser were 
married September 25 in Harrison, Arkansas. 

Ryan Floras 2085 1 Tyler Road 
Lakeville, IN 46536 
(574) 784-8661 
BOWSER-MILLER - Ben Bowser and Charla Miller were 
married October 15 at Harrison^ Arkansas. 

Ben Bowser's: 4333 Keener Lane 
Harrison, AR 72601 



In council in the Wakarasa Church on October 24, Thad 
Coning was chosen for the office of deacon. May he serve the 
Lord well in this calling supported by his wife Suzanne. 


Jason and Heather Kreider: 7930 Kniseley Road 

Greenville, Ohio 45331 

(937) 548-4017 

A Growing Building 

You have surely all heard how faith is like a mustard seed, a 
tiny little speck which grows into a large plant. Like a plant, 
faith must keep growing or it will die. 

I trust you believe in God and want to be a Christian when 
you grow up. This is like the seed. As you choose to obey 
your parents and do as the Bible teaches, you grow. Growing 
in faith isn't something you can see as easily as when you grow 
taller, yet if you grow in faith, others will notice and be 
encouraged to grow also. 

Something happened a few Sundays ago which made me 
think of this. Some of you will remember. We were having 
services in a big shed. It was a beautiful, sunny morning after a 
cool night. Suddenly there was a pop from up in the rafters. 
Almost immediately there was another pop, then several more 
until that shed was creaking and popping from one end to the 
other, and quite a few of us were looking at the roof instead of 
the preacher! Was someone on the roof? Was it caving in on 



At first I thought the wind had started blowing, but the trees 
were still. I realized then it must be the sunshine warming one 
side of that shed. Most things expand when they warm up, 
including buildings. As one piece of wood warmed up, it 
expanded until it was pushing hard enough against another 
piece of wood to make one piece slip a little— "pop!" This put 
more pressure on another piece, or maybe just shook it enough 
to make it move— "creak!" until lots of warming pieces were 
giving evidence they had grown! 

When we are in God's light, we grow. When we grow, we 
encourage others to grow. But unlike buildings, we should 
keep growing and growing as long as we live, and never shrink 
down again! 

"In (Christ) all the building fitly framed together groweth 
unto an holy temple in the Lord." (Ephesians 2:21) 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


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VOL. 51 DECEMBER, 2004 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Jesus my Saviour to Bethlehem came, 
Bom in a manger to sorrow and shame; 
Oh, it was wonderful—blest be His name! 
Seeking for me, for me! Seeking for me! 

Jesus my Saviour, on Calvary's tree, 
Paid the great debt and my soul He set free; 
Oh, it was wonderful— how could it be? 
Dying for me, for me! Dying for me! 

Jesus my Saviour, the same as of old, 
While I was wandering afar from the fold, 
Gently and long did He plead with my soul, 
Calling for me, for me! Calling for me! 

Jesus my Saviour shall come from on high; 
Sweet is the promise as weary years fly; 
Oh, I shall see Him descending the sky, 
Coming for me, for me! Coming for me! 

Author unknown 

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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee RA, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


It ! s different now since Jesus came. Let us consider a few 
of those changes the birth of Jesus and His death have brought. 

"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great 
light" Isaiah wrote prophecies to people living in Galilee, but 
the message touches us all. Day and night were about the same 
back there and in that region. But the darkness the prophet 
wrote of was that of sin and ignorance. The light is the 
revelation of God's love. His will is that all be saved and come 
to the light. "Dimness/ 1 "walked hi darkness," "the shadow of 
death," all describe the condition before Jesus came. Even now 
men are there if they do not know the Saviour. 

"That we should be saved from our enemies," was a 
prophecy of Zecharias, father of John the Baptist. Americans of 
our time are far removed from enemies who would take our 
lives. For many it came on 9-11; even so, we still have peace 
and freedom from fear. But a worse enemy (of our souls) is 
very near at hand. The battle rages continually, and only those 
in the camp of the Saviour have protection. The psalmist 
(Moses?) wrote, "He is my refuge and my fortress," and Luther 
wrote that our God is a "Mighty Fortress." Hebrews 13:6 says 
". . .The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall 
do unto me." We have the protection of God almighty-- 
especially effective since Jesus came. 

The Quakers and other non-resistants of pioneer times 
realized the stockade was little protection when the native 
Americans were hostile. Their best protection was the Prince of 
Peace who counsels us to love our enemies. Many of them 
were real friends to the Indians and received friendship in 


Since Jesus came we can have hope. To men without hope, 
nothing looks good. A hymn by an unknown author says: 

Hopeless and outcast once we lay 

Worthy Thy hate and scorn 

But love like Thine could find a way 

To rescue and adorn. 
Before Jesus was bom, God gave hope through His prophets, 
but it seemed so far off! Isaiah foretold, "Comfort ye my people 
. . .her iniquity is pardoned. . ." "He shall feed his flock like a 
shepherd," "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty. . ." 
"Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come 
with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their 
head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and 
mourning shall flee away." (51:11) Those who believed God 
could look ahead with hope, but not until the Saviour was born 
could it be a reality. "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; 
but with great mercies will I gather thee." Now we have both 
hope of the resurrection and the return of Jesus for His people. 

Since Jesus died, we can be part of God f s family— born of 
His Spirit. One cause of the anguish of our times is the 
breakdown of the family—the failure of ignorance of what a 
family should be. Our local paper reported the case of a man 
who had his daughters taken from him several times because he 
was on drugs and alcohol and was abusive. He would reform 
for a time but then fall back into his old ways. He reported that 
his father and grandfather had had abusive fathers. They did 
not know what a good family should be like. This man was 
now on the way to becoming a better father. We who have had 
a good family experience should treasure the opportunity to be 
in God's family where we have the new nature and His love 
shown by brethren and sisters. 

We now have enlightened consciences. In a sense, men 
have always had a conscience and therefore responsibility. 
Romans 1:20 says that men are without excuse because they 


have "clearly seen" the invisible things of God's power by seeing 
His creation. But now even more of God's nature is revealed in 
Jesus Christ. If all men are without excuse, certainly we who 
have been taught about the Saviour are without excuse. I have 
often evaluated my own responsibility, confessing that my 
problem is not knowing what is right, but being willing to 
crucify the flesh and do what I already know. 

To write the many many things that are different now since 
Jesus came would take more than a short Pilgrim article. In 
fact, the patient supposed to be a mental case wrote on the wall 
of the asylum: Could we with ink the ocean fill, 

And were the sky of parchment made; 
Were every stalk on earth a quill 
And every man a scribe by trade; 
To write the love of God above 
Would drain the ocean dry, 
Nor could the scroll contain the whole 
Though stretched from sky to sky, 
John's testimony is similar (21:25); "And there are also many 
other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be 
written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not 
contain the books that should be written. Amen." 

We who believe can testify that the saving of our souls— the 
passing from death unto life— is the greatest development for us 
since Jesus came and atoned for our sins with His own blood. 
Thank You, Jesus. Help me to live my thanks. — L.C. 


As Ken and I moved from sincere heart and head 
knowledge to picking up our crosses and following Christ, 
interestingly enough, we began to develop a simpler view of the 
Scriptures than previously held. There was no more need to 


run wild rabbit trails in the Bible (as the Catholics, reformers, 
and modern Christians had done) to get to the reason of our 
personal interpretation of either theology or practice. Although 
we thought we had conformed our lives to "sola Scriptura," we 
were finding flaws. Amazingly, we began to match the 
perspective and practice of a group of believers referred to as 
"Brethren." "They felt that Scripture was plain and clear in its 
intent," not only in Scriptural doctrines and theology, but in 
practice as well. These plain, simple Christians simply rested on 
the revealed Word of God, and sought in the Spirit to live it 

Gottfried Arnold in the previously mentioned book, 
expressed the Brethren's perspective in this apostolic viewpoint 
of the pious heart and holy living of the true believer. He 
"...consistently maintained that regeneration contains both inner 
and outer aspects, both of which are essential. It is the Holy 
Spirit's work in man which makes every step of regeneration 
possible. But Arnold also indicates that the Spirit's inner 
working will always produce outward, visible marks." 

We are unworthy sinners, saved by pure, divine grace. That 
grace and mercy is free to us by the expense of Jesus' atonement 
on the cross. Nothing makes us worthy. Nothing. Our minor 
sinfulness compared to others 1 sins, our heritage, our 
generational linage. Not even our sanctification after the 
applying of the blood. All of our spiritual cleansing alone 
stands on His work. We enter into His rest that was performed 
for us. Any good in us is because of His mercy and grace; none 
of it is of us. But we have found in our lives the purpose of that 
atoning work: that we might prove the spiritual, cleansing 
work of God in us. Is it us that enables us to walk holy lives 
inwardly and outwardly? Never. Even our good works are not 
attainable without the Holy Spirit's work in us. The defiled 
flesh can produce nothing holy. It is incapable. It is the work 
of the Holy Spirit of God that enables us that sanctifying power. 


This was a difficult concept for me to grasp in my life. 
Sometimes it is referred to "abiding in Christ." The song "All of 
Christ and None of Me" speaks to this subject. And it is 
because of this fact we take on the humility asked of all true 
believers. Without Him, we are nothing. With Him, we are 
nothing, except if our nothingness remains in His 

Young people, these are important concepts for you to 
grasp. If you have received God's atonement for your 
unworthiness, then you must, at all costs, cling to His Word for 
truth and practice. But this can only be done, if 'you keep your 
first love and drink and eat of His Word. The Holy Spirit 
cannot feed you nor guide you in His work if you do not sit 
down at His table to eat. Do not interrupt the Word; rather, 
receive its teachings and in simple faith, follow Him in them. 
Let them speak to you. His purpose in this is to enable us to 
accomplish His will in this world. You are the future Church to 
a dying world. How faith&l are you in permitting the Spirit's 
work in you this day? Sola Scriptura in truth and practice. 
His imperfect servant, Karen Johnson 
Tuolumne, California 


"The tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. 
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the 
tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our 
members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the 
course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." (James 3:5,6) I'm 
sure this is a familiar verse to most everyone; we might even be 
able to say it from memory, but do we really apply it when we 
go to speak? There are many verses in the Bible about our 
tongues and the trouble they can get us into. Speaking from 



A Voice to Shout? 


Changed and Used --L.C. 


Charged for Our New Year —Vicki L. Witmer 


Christian School Views: 

Ten Attitudes to Transmit to Our Children 


Supportive Parents 


Of Heads and Hearts 


Concerns in the Church 


Dear Fathers -L.C. 


Death of the Saviour —L.C. 


Death, Where Is Thy Sting? -Susanna Tate 

Apr, Jun 

Friendships —Sel by Jean Martin 


Gazing out the Window —Andrew & Maria Martin 


God's Provision -L.C. 


Greatest Gift -Ben Cover 


History of the Brethren -L.C. 

Reaching Out 


To Marienborn 




John Nass 

Jun, Aug 

It's Different Now -L.C. 


Let Us Walk Together in Love -Nancy Oyler 


Living Our Profession --Neil Martin 


Look to the Father -Nancy Oyler 


Love for All; Malice for None -Shane Oberholzer 


Mel's Musings 


Mission to Haiti -Thomas & Rebecca Royer 


Pentecost -L.C. 


Personal Profile of . . . 

Catherine Hitch -Martha J. Cover 


Marvin & Ruth Crawmer -Martha J. Cover 


Hazel Weaver -Linda Frick 


Harold & Mary Ellen Royer -their family 


Prince of Peace -L.C. 


Roots -L.C 


Speak No Evil -Regina Bayer 


Strange Authority -Sel. by Susie Sell 


Striving for the Kingdom -Miriam Beery 


Submission -Daniel Clinton Skiles 


Submit and Win -Lloyd Wagner 

Tame Your Tongue -Sel. by Betty Beery 

Thanksgiving by the Spirit --L.C. 

Thank You -Joseph Wagner 

The Baptizing -James D. Cover 

The Struggle-The Victory -Jon L. Beery 

This and That -L.C. 

Walk with God -L.C. 

We've Buried Our Brother -Martha J. Cover 

When Is it Light? Sel. by Kenneth Martin 












As the Dawn Was Breaking -Sel. by Ray & Carol Eberly Apr 

A Teacher's Thoughts -Susanna Tate Sep/Oct 

Choose Today -L.C. Mar 

Christian Living Sel by Marilyn Coning Sep/Oct 

Eternal Father Nov 
Faithful Is He Who Hath Promised Sel. by Everett & Nancy Oyler Jul 

He Still Walked On -Sel. by Mary Lavy Apr 

His Will Be Ours -Sel. by Susie Sell Mar 

I Lay My Sins on Jesus Jun 

Life's Journey -Susanna Tate Aug 

Love's ABC's Sep/Oct 

Meekness in Distress Mar 

Motherhood -Sel. by Tim & Serena Yoder May 

Saviour, I Follow On Sep/Oct 

Seeking for Me Dec 

Spirit So Holy May 

Suppertime Call -Daniel Miller Nov 

Teach Me -Sel. by Ina C, Martin May 

The Death on the Cross Apr 

The Last Step of Faith -Richard Moore May 

There' s a Fountain Free Jul 

The Year Is Gone Beyond Recall Jan 

We Know that God Is on the Throne Aug 

Where to Look Feb 


Zachary Royer and Dorcas Stalter Apr. 24 

Ryan Flora and Rosarma Bowser Sep. 25 

Ben Bowser and Charla Miller Oct. 15 

Bradley Royer and Laura Miller Dec 1 1 

Terry Brubaker and Deborah Moore Dec 1 1 


Bethanna Taylor 

Jan. 4 

Adrian Royer 

Jun 13 

Chelsea Brown 

Feb. 22 

Micah Martin 

Jun 13 

Orpha Royer 

Feb. 29 

Brenton Royer 

Jun 13 

Abram Bowser 

Mar, 7 

Jonathan Miller 

Jul 4 

Andrew Bowser 

Mar. 7 

David Stalter 

Aug 25 

Honna Royer 

Mar. 11 

Zachary Miller 

Oct 17 

Laura Royer 

Mar. 11 

Adrian Miller 

Oct 17 

Kristi Royer 

Mar. 11 

Titus Cable 

Oct 17 

Joseph Royer 

Apr. 4 

Willus Cable 

Oct 17 

Michael Skutches 

Apr. 21 

Monica Beery 

Oct 17 

James Cooper 

May 26 

Courtney Oberholzer Oct 30 

Craig Royer 

Jun. 13 

Kurtis Cable 

Oct 30 


Alister Daniel Stalter 

Dec. 17, 2003 

Travis Landan Cable 

Jan. 11 

Josiah Daniel Cover 

Feb. 9 

Edward Anthem Rhoades 

Mar. 8 

Trevin Richard Moore 

Apr. 23 

Clyde Bennet Martin 

Apr. 25 

Cyrus Allen Hilty 

Jun. 1 

Cameron Chase Royer 

Jul. 18 

Thomas Jackson Harper 


James Mack Wells 

Aug. 23 

Starr Lynnett Wagner 

Aug 27 

Henry Aaron Heinrich 

Aug. 30 

Felix James Stalter 

Sep. 7 

Tabitha Dawn Cable 

Sep. 26 

Kyra Joelle Cover 

Oct. 29 

Betsy Ellen Cable 

Nov. 11 

Luke Herman Royer 

Nov. 19 


Larry Cable second degree 

Apr. 3 

Stephen Beery minister 

Apr. 3 

Michael Harris deacon 

April 3 

Thaddeus Coning deacon 

Oct. 24 


David Paul Garber 

Jan. 7 

Lois Marion Mohler 

Apr. 28 

Marvin Boyd Crawmer 

Sep. 5 

Jennifer Grace Brown 

Sep. 20 


God's Faithfulness--Our Response — Marcus Royer 

What Is Our Responsibility? -Regina Bayer 

The True Test of a Book -Sel. by Joy Royer 

Foolish Talking and Jesting —Susanna Tate 

Dedication —Joy Royer 

Tribute to the Aged -Susanna Tate 

To Learn Love —Joy Royer 

How Does the Little Busy Bee? 

Do What You Can -Susanna Tate 

Misplaced Treasures 

Be the Best -Sel by Joy Royer 

The Unseen Watcher 

The Book and the Brazier 

The Wrong Fountain 

God and His Word Change Not -Karen Johnson 

A Minor Deviation 

In the Arms of God -Lora Huffman 

Nov, Dec 



Guilt -Martha X Wagner Jan 

Compassion -Martha J. Wagner Feb 

Some Lessons from Rats -Martha X Wagner Mar 

Heppy Is Tempted -Martha J. Wagner Apr 

Jonathan Learns a Lesson -Christian Savage May 

Unselfishness -Martha J. Wagner May 

Trust -Martha J. Wagner Jun 

I Deserve This Punishment -Martha J. Wagner Jul 

How Important Is One Child? -Linda Frick Sep/Oct 

A Growing Building -Martha X Wagner Nov 

Screaming for the Fun of It -Martha J. Wagner Dec 


personal experience, I tend to pay a little more attention to what 
I say if there is the possibility that I may get hurt by it. But do 
we bind heavy, grievous burdens on the backs of others (Matt. 
23:4) when we pass things around that are untrue. Would that 
be considered offending a brother? Would you be offended if it 
was you? Might you stumble? None of us are righteous. We 
are all under sin. (Rom. 3:9,10) 

How then can we judge those around us? How we judge 
others, whether we say it openly, in aiding rumours, just for fun, 
or secretly in our hearts— this is how we will be judged 
someday. (Matt. 7 1,2) 

We are "to speak evil of no man. . .shewing all meekness 
unto all men." (Titus 3:2) That doesn't say, "Speak no evil 
unless it's true." We are to never speak evil of anyone. When 
we hear something about someone, we sometimes have no clue 
whether it's true or not. If there's the slightest hint of doubt in 
our minds, let's not repeat it. Instead of passing it on, stop and 
pray. Ask God to work His perfect will in the hearts of those 
involved. Why not go to the person in question and ask him if 
what we heard was true? In that way we can escape the guilt of 
adding to his burden, judging him, speaking evil. Are we like 
the Pharisees of old, whited sepulchres, beautiful outside, but 
unclean inside? (Matt. 23:27) "But those things which proceed 
out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the 
man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts. . .false 
witness. . . these are the things which defile a man." (Matt. 

I believe that it grieves the heart of God when we spread 
rumours, when we tell the untruth, or spread tales. Where will 
it stop if you don't stand up and question whether it's the truth? 
Is it kind? Pray for God's guidance, for His love to fill you, His 
Spirit to convict you, to free you from the bondage of gossip. 
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage, . .We are the 
children of God." (Rom. 8:15,16) "In 


many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the 
same is a perfect man. . ." (James 3:2) Be ye therefore perfect, 
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:48) 

Regina Bayer, Dayton, Ohio 


Dear Brethren and Sisters, 

We want to take this time to express our appreciation for all 
that was done for us at the time of Jodi's father's death. The 
notes and cards warmed our hearts, and the prayers offered on 
our behalf helped to sustain us during that difficult time. We 
also want to thank all who contributed to the dinner for our 
family the night of the visitation. 

To know people care does not remove the pain and grief of 
death, but having the love and support of friends and loved ones 
to help bear the heavy load makes it less of a burden. Please 
continue to pray for us as the adjustment to the absence of 
father, grandfather, and friend continues. 

Thank you again, Dale and Jodi Savage and family 

ROYER-MILLER Bradley Royer and Laura Miller were 
united in marriage December 11 near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
New Address: 26415 C.R. 44 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 
BRUBAKER-MOORE Terry Brubaker and Deborah Moore 
were united in marriage December 1 1 in Ripon, California. 
New Address: 200 Sunnybrook Lane 

Boones Mill, Virginia 24065 

(540) 483-9902 

ROYER - A son, Luke Herman, bom November 19 to Sam and 
Rosanna Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 



On October 31, 1983, Korean Airlines Flight 007 departed 
from Anchorage, Alaska, for a direct flight to Seoul, Korea. 
Unknown to the crew, however, the navigational computer 
contained a one-and-a-half degree routing error. The aircraft 
headed south, out over the Aleutian Islands. Even at a hundred 
miles out, the crew did not detect any error in the flight path. 
As the Boeing 747 continued over the Pacific, it strayed farther 
and farther from its proper course. Soon it entered Soviet 
airspace. As the Soviets' radar picked up the straying plane, 
their fighter jets were deployed to intercept the jetliner. Finally, 
over mainland Russia, the Soviets shot Flight 007 out of the 
sky, and all aboard lost their lives. 

Obviously, it is the distance that reveals the minute flaw in 
direction of travel. And so it is with wrong choices. It is the 
nature of evil to enlarge itself in minute increments. Satan is 
satisfied to include just a tiny deviation in his direction. He 
knows very well that the slightest cooperation can, in time, lead 
to full cooperation. The farther an individual's path deviates 
from truth, the more pleased Satan becomes, and the more 
difficult it is to correct. 

A concerned minister once shared that the path that led 
many of his bygone peers into apostasy was not a path of abrupt 
change. At first, one could notice only minor deviations in such 
as the clothing they allowed their children to wear or the 
recreation they enjoyed. But time magnified the evil that lurked 
in their hearts, and today they have lost their way entirely. Only 
eternity will reveal the magnitude of the casualties. 

We must rise in alarm at the first warning of straying into 
enemy tereitory. That comfortable ease with which someone 
can be slightly dishonest even when playing a simple board 
game has the potential to slide him right into gross dishonesty 


before the church. A seemingly simple garnish of the hair or 
dress acclimates one to the sensual fashions of society. Quickly 
adjusting the simple routing error spares one from the difficulty 
as well as the greater loss that will result from that unchecked 

Bradley L. Eberly in The Christian Example 


If in God's will content I lay, 
It matters not what others say. 
His arms secure ever uphold 
To draw me closer to enfold. 

I lean my head upon His breast; 
Oh, thrilling joy! Oh, sweetest rest! 
No earthly thing can e're surpass 
The richest comfort found at last. 

In constant hiding of His wiH, 
With joy God's smallest bid fulfill. 
Oh, let me never hence depart; 
Gladly submit to Thee my heart. 

Thy face! Oh, may I ever see, 
And worship Thee on bended knee; 
Content to do His will today; 
Follow wherever He shall say. 

Lora Huffman 
Dayton, Ohio 


Screaming for the Fua of It 

"I only need a few things here, so you children wait in the 
car," Mama said as she pulled up to a small store in a quiet, 
little town. As she rolled the windows down, Ben noticed some 
playground equipment nearby. 

"May we play at the park?" he asked quickly. 

Mama smiled. "No, that is not a park. That is a school 
playground, and the children may be out to play soon. See, 
here they come!" A whole stream of children ran onto the 
playground, shouting happily. Ben and Leah watched them as 
Mama went into the store. 

Suddenly two or three children started screaming! Ben 
ducked down low and then peeked careftdly out when the other 
children did not stop sounding happy. Children were 
screaming, but they still looked happy! 

Leah whimpered. Ben saw she was frightened, hugging her 
dolly close. "They are just playing," he said bravely. Then he 
just stared at those children screaming. Leah slipped timidly up 
beside h im and watched too. Very soon Mama came back, and 
they were on their way home. 

That evening Ben and Leah were playing in the sandbox. 
Ben kept thinking about those children screaming. How fun it 
must have been! They did it so much! He gave a little scream. 
It sounded more like a squeak. Leah looked surprised. Ben 
tried again, louder this time. Leah smiled. She screamed, too. 
Oh, how they screamed, just like those children on the 

Suddenly Mama was there. She looked frightened. "What's 
wrong? What happened?" she asked. 

Ben and Leah stopped screaming. They felt silly. "We 
were just playing, like the school children," Ben said sheepishly. 



Mama sighed with relief, chuckled and sat down on the 
edge of the sandbox. Ben and Leah hugged their Mama. They 
loved her very much. 

"Children," Mama said, "I think it would be better if you did 
not scream just for the fun of it. If something really bad 
happened, and you screamed for help, I might think you were 
just playing, and not come. That would not be a good thing, 
would it?" 

Ben and Leah shook their heads. "We won't scream 
anymore, Mama," Leah said. 

"It wasn't very fim anyway," Ben added. 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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